A Christian’s response to a bad day

Has anything ever gone wrong in your life? Ever had a bad day, or your plans messed up or it seemed as if every step of the ways you had to fight to get things done. When things go wrong, do you go to God in anger and frustration? Or, do you praise Him despite what is going on? God wants us to praise Him despite all the hardships that He has justly allowed in our lives.

If we take a look at scripture we will find an example of one guy who had a really bad day. It probably is the worst day ever recorded. This man’s name was Job. In one day, He lost all of his oxen, all of his donkeys, all of his camels, all of his sheep, and all of his children. Yes, he lost all of his children. If you know much about ancient wealth, it was measured in livestock. Basically, he lost most if not all of his wealth. But more than this, all his children died. And it wasn’t broken to him in the easiest way, all the servants came up to him at once and told him what happened.

Job’s response is one of absolute reverence and faith. The bible tell us that, he got up, shaved his head (a sign of mourning) , and then he fell down and worshipped God. He says specifically, “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, ” Job 1:21. Did you hear that at the end? He blessed the Lord! The next verse tells us that in all of this, “Job sinned not nor charged God foolishly.”

How many times do we have a bad day because we were late to work, or our food wasn’t the way we like it, or other insignificant thing happens, and we get upset at God? Have you ever gotten upset at God or anyone else, because some insignificant detail of your life didn’t go the way you planned? Job’s life is such a rebuke. Job had a proper view of God, and he most definitely had a proper view of himself.

I would like to challenge you, strive to be content in any circumstance. Whatever God allows in your life, he is allowing for your benefit. Don’t get angry at someone or God because something didn’t turn out the way you wanted. God wants us to practice contentment in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. Let us learn to be content, with whatever God gives us.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” – 1 Timothy 6:6

A time to praise,

When was the last time you thanked God for His blessings? When was the last time you praised Him because of who He is? Days and hours and weeks and minutes pass us by, yet so often it seems as if we forget to thank our heavenly father.

Our Heavenly Father has given us so much! He gave us eternal life through His Son, all we have to do is believe and accept Him. But He gave us more than this. He gives us peace, comfort, joy, patience, temperance, meekness. . . The list goes on and on. One of my favorite verses says, “It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure,” Philippians 2:13. Did you catch that? God is working in us to give us the desire to do His will and the ability to do His will.

He makes it easy for us to do right by giving us the desire to. When we face temptation, God says He, “will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, but with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it,” 1 Corinthians 10:13. God didn’t have to do that! He could have just allowed us to be overcome by sin. He has given us a free choice. He promises us blessings when we serve Him. Not blessings in the far off future, but blessings now, like a long life for honoring your parents, or ask and ye shall receive, or . . .

My question for you today is, “Have you thanked God for His goodness?” or “Have you taken time to meditate on His holiness?” I would challenge you, thank God for His gifts to you today. Praise Him for His holiness and thank Him for His love and mercy and . . . God is good, all the time. He has given us so much. Won’t you take time out of your day to thank Him, today?

“O give thanks unto the LORD, for [he is] good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” – Psalm 107:1