At our lowest point

Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Job 2:10
Job lost his children, his wealth, and his health. But after hearing the news, Job 1:20 tells us “he fell to the ground in worship.” When advised to curse God, he said, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (2:10). What a radical initial response. Though Job later complained, ultimately he accepted that God had never changed. Job knew that God was still with him and that He still cared.
For most of us, praise is not our first response to difficulties. Sometimes the pain of our circumstances is so overwhelming; we lash out in fear or anger. But God is still present, still good. He will help us through hard times.
Even at our lowest point, we can lift our eyes to the Lord.

Lord, prepare me for the times when praise is most difficult to utter.
(Courtesy: Linda Washington)