“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.”Job 1:21
The Book of Job used to confuse me until I read it alongside other women in Heather’s Facebook group Reading the Bible Chronologically. My confusion always began in chapter 1, right around the part where Job loses all of his wealth and his children, and the first thing he says is “May the name of the Lord be praised.”
Stories of people praising God in their greatest moments of tragedy have always made me wince, a little nauseous even.
Until I praised and thanked Jesus during radiation.
The Sacrifice of Praise
I learned that we’re not expected to praise Him for the situation, but in it, because we need to focus on Jesus more than anything in this world-especially when tragedy hits.
I remembered this when I read Barbara’s post: The Sacrifice of Praise. Barbara showed me that praise is a sacrifice when it costs me something, but the return on my investment is peace that comes only through faith in Jesus.Praise is a sacrifice when it costs me something. Click To Tweet
Now I understand that Job’s praise was a beautiful sacrifice, pleasing to God. I understand why we need to remind each other that God is still good. It’s not just to play the chipper church-lady role. It’s a reminder to keep our eyes on Jesus rather than our pain.
I think many of us need this reminder today, so I encourage you to join me on Stray Thoughts to learn more about The Sacrifice of Praise.
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