“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.'” ~ Job 1:20-21
I have a bad attitude today.
It’s been kind of a crummy week (other than the bright spot with the youth group kids yesterday), and today hasn’t really improved upon any of it.
Days like today, I mostly want to look at God and just say, “Really?”
Fortunately, I know He gets it.
The challenge on days like today is to praise Him anyway.
When my husband was hospitalized with meningitis, his kidneys were a concern for the entire eight days. He was put on dialysis the first night, and remained on dialysis until his death. The day he died, the dialysis could no longer provide him with the clean blood he needed, indicating that his kidneys would not function long enough for him to survive another day. I remember my dad talking to the kidney doctor that day, saying that we would praise the Lord when my husband was well enough to go home.
The kidney specialist was also a believer, and asked a very wise question in that moment: “Will you be able to praise Him if he doesn’t get well?”
Praising God when life is good is easy. Praising Him when it’s hard isn’t. We may think our relationship with Him grows closer during the hard times, but is that because we are truly praising Him through it all or just complaining more often than we usually pray? That’s often a difficult question for me to answer – I know I can whine a lot.
So today, I am praising God. Because no matter what life’s circumstances are like, He is always worthy of praise.