Job 1-2, Acts 7:22-43 Key Verses: Job 1:20-21
Worship on Sunday is one thing, but it can be quite a different thing on Monday, especially if
things are not going well. On Sundays we gather with other believers to sing, praise, pray and
preach. The time together may be uplifting and encouraging.
We walk out of the service remembering the words of the psalmist who said, “I rejoiced with
those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’” (Ps. 122:1).
But life is not always lived in Sunday-morning experiences. Sometimes it is difficult, and
worship seems like something far away, almost inappropriate for the circumstances. If this is true
of you, then there is a problem with your understanding of worship, because we are to live lives
of worship in the good times and the bad.
Job worshiped in spite of the loss of family, livestock and servants. Four messengers arrived one
after another, detailing the marauders who stole and killed, the “fire of God” that had fallen from
the sky, and the storm that collapsed the house, killing his children. Job’s response is instructive:
he worshiped (1:20-21).
When things are going well, it is easy, even natural, to praise God. When things are going so-so,
we may still worship, but it is another story to talk about worship on the heels of disaster.
In the Disciple’s Study Bible it says, “The praiseworthiness of God does not depend on our
Job praised God not for his circumstances, but for God’s unchanging and inherent worth.” Job
demonstrated that worship centers on God, who He is and what He does, not on man and what he
Can you join Job in worship? Perhaps today you are struggling with difficulties or
insurmountable problems. You may feel like a modern-day Job! Whatever the circumstances,
praise and worship God.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett