When Life Happens

chess piecesLife happens, plain and simple. It does not matter how old you are, how young you are, how rich, how poor, where you live, or who you know – life happens! But it’s what you do in response to it that can determine your outcome and your future– either for the good or for the bad.

Many people, reacting to the trials that they experience, have a tendency to withdraw and focus on themselves. In so doing, they often neglect prayer and worship, and instead magnify their problems over and above God.

But this wasn’t the case with Job. Here was a man who in one day lost his family, his livelihood and everything he possessed. And the next day, well at least the next time we encounter him in Scripture, he loses his health. Here is how he responded:

“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said, ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.’ Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God (Job 1.20 – 22, NASB).”

Talk about perspective! And I dare say that it was Job’s act of worship that gave him the ability to see his situation in this light. You see, when we worship, we magnify God above our present circumstances. This allows us to see God for who He is and also helps us to have an appropriate perspective on our situation. Such is important because without this perspective, we give too much power and authority to our situation. Inevitably, we end up saying that our problem has sovereignty in our life, which is false because absolute sovereignty belongs to God.

So next time you encounter life, worship! Whether life expresses itself in the form of cancer, feelings of suicide, foreclosure, health problems, joblessness, divorce, wayward children, or wayward parents – worship! I can guarantee you that it will disarm the potency of what you are facing and give God alone the ability to act on your behalf.

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