Friday, April 25, 2008

Abandoned but Committed

“As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul,...my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.” Job 27:2, 4
Job recognizes that all the bad that has come to him is God’s “fault.” God has denied him justice and given him great bitterness of soul but, even so, he will continue to honour God and not speak what is wrong.

Am I like that? Am I so committed to God that, when it seems like he has abandoned me or, worse, caused my pain, I can be like Job and persist in my honour, worship and praise of God? Could I do this if I learned that all my sons were killed? If my husband abandoned me? If all my financial security vanished? If I had no home, no friends, no support system?

On what is my commitment to God based? Is it based on what he gives me? The blessings I receive? I hope it is based on who God is: my Creator, my Lover, my Rock.

Father, I want to be totally committed to you despite what happens in and around me. I want to be extravagantly devoted to you, even in the face of your seeming abandonment of me. Please help me!

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