“We bring nothing at birth; we take nothing with us at death. The Lord alone gives and takes. Praise the name of the Lord!” Job 1:21 (Contemporary English Version)
Job lost everything, Lord, and how did he react? Did he curse You, ignore You, and deny Your existence? Did he whine, beg, or bargain? No, he did only one thing: he lay before You in worship.
You hold everything in Your hands while I stumble through life falsely believing I am in control.
My heart’s desire, Lord, no matter in times of blessing or in times of sorrow, is to praise your name.
You alone are the Lord. You alone give us everything we cherish – families, friends, life itself.
You alone know what the next minute, hour, year will bring.
You alone fully understand the depth of shattered dreams, the pain of lost loved ones, and the heartbreak of betrayal.
Daily I place my hopes, dreams, sorrow, disappointments, anger, bitterness, blessings, family, friends, writing, speaking, travel, worries and all I possess on Your altar, trembling as I let go. My eyes focus only on You, not the people and items I cling so dearly close to my heart. This is hard, Lord, to fully trust you, but I find my faith grows in the soil of praise.
Praise the name of the Lord.
that’s why Job’s a rare and good example of submission! beautiful.
Jean Wise says
Thank you Colleen and Karen, When I focus on myself and cling too much to the things of this world, I lose sight on Him. Praise and gratitude brings me back
Jeanie, I love “my faith grows in the soil of praise.” A thought I have not dwelt on much. Your sweet spirit shines through in this post. Blessings**
This was beautiful. I am working on a talk for a Cursillo day of prayer next week and I need to keep my eyes on Jesus. This will help. Thanks and God bless.