How to be an Offering: Praising God through Suffering

Ryan Egan —  September 16, 2010 — Leave a comment

I’ve been reading through the book of Job lately in my personal time with God in the mornings.  It really is a remarkable book and if you’ve never read it, I recommend you do so.  I’m so thankful that Job’s plea of “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever!” was fulfilled so that we could learn from his faith, his experience, and especially God’s response.

Are you going through a time of trial in your life?  Do you feel, like Job, that God should just be done with you and are having a hard time understanding why whatever situation your in is being allowed?  There are some very profound things that we can learn from Job on how to praise and acknowledge God through suffering:

  • It’s okay to grieve, be angry, and question.  Job asked God many questions, blatantly expressed his anger, but yet did not lose his faith, even after losing almost everything else in his life.
  • If our faith is steadfast and we are upright and keep God’s ways, it will be very hard to shake.  In the midst of all of Job’s questions, pleas, and cries he speaks these amazing words:

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” (Job 19:25-27)

God has allowed us to go through some trying situations in our family lately, but none nearly as trying as what Job went through.  But yet, He still intimately cares for us and our situation as much as He cared for Job.  Praise Him today.  Praise and honor Him in good or bad.

Are you going through a difficult situation right now and need prayer?  Leave a comment so I and others can pray for you.

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.