Are you an “If/Then” worshipper of God or a “Though/Yet” worshipper? The first chapter of the book of Job gives us insight into an amazing man. The chapter starts out by talking about his integrity in his personal life, his home and in his business dealings. He was the richest cattleman in his part of the world, sort of the Bill Gates of his day. What you saw in public was what he was in private. He was wealthy beyond wealthy and yet he loved his wife, loved his kids (he prayed for his family every day), loved and served his community (he was on the city council), and above all else, he loved his Lord. He was a Promise Keeper’s Promise Keeper. He didn’t hang around questionable characters, didn’t stop by the Holiday gas station on the way home to by Powerball tickets, he didn’t surf the net for porn after the family went to bed (he had a little sign by his computer that read, “As for me and my mouse, we will serve the Lord.”) When he had to fill out insurance claims he didn’t claim “stuff” that he never had and he made sure he paid taxes on all of his income, even the cash deals.
And yet tragedy struck. In one fell swoop, in one single day, news came to him in rapid fire succession from three of his managers that his businesses had been destroyed and all of his employees had been killed except for the three that brought him the news. But news of something far, far worse was yet to come. Later that same day two sheriff’s deputies showed up at his door with the horrific news that all ten of his children had died when a tornado ripped through their community. His wife collapsed from grief and Job fell to his knees.
At that point some people would begin to question God. Their first thoughts may be, “Jesus, I have served You whole heartedly for 57 years. I go to church every Sunday and pay tithes on all of my income. I teach Sunday School and sit up front in church so that I can worship You and not be distracted. And this is the result??? This is what I get in return??? If that’s the way You’re going to treat me then you can have Your lousy religion!” And they leave and never darken a church door again.
But not Job. Close to the end of the chapter in verse 20 it says this (and I’m paraphrasing), “With tears streaming down his face, that very same day, that very same hour, he drove to the church, went into the sanctuary, turned on the CD player and began to worship God.” With Job at the altar on his knees and his hands raised in worship, this music from the CD player began to fill the air:
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, It is well with my soul…
In verse 22 the Bible says, “Through all of this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” Sometimes we have to go “through.” But in the “going-through” process don’t lose out with God, don’t become bitter with God and people and circumstances. Stay sweet in your spirit! Run TO God with your entire heart! In the “going-through” worship God even more. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to raise your heart and hands in worship when there is confusion and pain and emptiness in your soul.
I began this little article by asking if you were an “if/then” worshipper or a “though/yet” worshipper.” Jacob (in Genesis 28:20-22) bargained with God, “If God You will do A, B, and C, then I will do X, Y, and Z.” If…Then. But Job had a different spirit. In chapter 13 and verse 15 he made this amazing statement, “Though he slay me, Yet I will trust in Him.” Though…Yet.
Whether you are going through good times or bad times, through easy stuff or hard stuff, I encourage you to worship God with all of your heart. You will never ever be disappointed.