Praise, Don’t Pout
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.
There have been things that we have all gone through. Some are still in a holding pattern and some may find themselves in something tomorrow. But I want to let you know today that even if that is the case, praise God instead of pouting. No matter what you the situation, you are built for it…read that again. God has entrusted in you a measure of faith AND has given you a charge to take this thing head on. He knows that you can handle it and couldn’t give it to anyone else but to you to tread on through it. Think of your problem of as a challenge; He knows that He has placed the right person on the case. Praise Him instead of pouting.
Look at Job and the things that he went through. Notice that within the first twenty verses, God and Satan had a talk about him, God gave Satan permission to trouble Job, and Satan took almost everything Job had. NOW…just imagine if you will that you are speaking with your neighbor. As the conversation is getting good, another friend comes and says your land is gone. While he is talking, another one comes and says the bank took your houses and cars. THEN, while he was almost finished, your mother in law comes and says all your children have died in a fire. Show of hands…how many would think about praising God at the precise moment? How many would try to fix everything at once? But here Job made a conscience decision to praise. Yes, he did mourn (in the fashion of that day and time) by “rent (or tearing) his mantle (clothing), and shaved his head” but after that he worshipped God. He declared that I didn’t have it when I came here and I won’t take it with me. What God has given, He has justly taken away by His own power…with this I will praise God.
My brothers and sisters, there is no problem too hard for God; if He has brought you out of one, He can do it again. Stop pouting over the things you can’t control. Stop pouting over the “love” you thought you had that your friend now has. Stop pouting over the job that was given to someone else. Stop pouting over a blessing that was for someone else…but start praising God. Yes, it takes a big person to do this, but again, look at Job. Understand that Job, while going through HIS trial, had to pray for his friends too. Understand that Job, lost EVERYTHING in a matter of moments, but through the process received that which he lost plus more. Learn to praise God instead of pouting.