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Worship Him in Times of Distress

Upon reading Job chapter 1, I questioned how Job was able to worship God when his loved ones and all of his possessions were stripped away from him all at once, beyond human reasoning.

From the actions Job took, we can learn how to worship God during times of trials and tribulations. He immediately ‘fell to the ground and worshipped’ (vs 20). He simply did not make time to complain or murmur. Instead, he remembered who God is, and praised Him. Though it is clear that Job was in deep sorrow, his emotions did not distract him or move his faith. He was wise to know that to endure these sufferings is better than to curse, sin or charge God with wrong (vs 22). Described as ‘blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil’, it is clear Job had established a strong and immovable relationship with God. He had not allowed his possessions and children to become idols in his heart, as he understood that God is the Creator of all things. Thus, when he was hit with such great calamity, Job found his source of strength in God, and was not easily overcome.

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We’re All in This Together

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” (Acts 14:22)

Everyone has problems. Maybe we’re encountering stress from university, being mistreated at work, facing emotional turmoil, loneliness, friends or family issues, physical illness or pain. Usually, we can overcome these problems through prayer and a bit of time. However, we find that every so often, there comes a problem so great that it pushes us to our limits and we feel like we just want to break down; and sometimes, it even cause us to slightly lose sight.

We find that actually, the Bible says we must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God. We already know that the path to the heavenly kingdom will be difficult. Most of the time we actually know what we must do in order to overcome these difficulties. Things like constant prayer and constantly seeking counsel from the Bible. However, why is it that sometimes it doesn’t seem to work? Continue reading