We’re All Naked!

“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 NIV)

A few years ago, our economy was booming. A lot of people purchased homes, invested in their retirements, and put their futures in the hands of several organizations that only cared about the “almighty” dollar and didn’t care at all about their customers or about the future of this great nation. As a result of their carelessness and greed, many families lost their homes, their jobs, and their retirement plans. A large number of people are still homeless and out of work. Many will never be able to re-acquire the “status” they once had. Millions of people across this country feel like they have lost everything!

Job, too, had it all – ten children, seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred oxen, five hundred donkeys, and a large number of servants. He was truly blessed and gave all of the glory to God. Through no fault of his own, he lost it all. But rather than blame God for his misfortune – he praised Him! He realized that his fortune – and his misfortune – were both part of God’s plan for him. His faith and love for God only made him stronger!

We are going to have times when things just don’t seem to be going our way. We can feel defeated and give up, or we can praise God for a new chapter in our lives. We can use our misfortune to develop a stronger relationship with our Father. The closer we are to Him, the easier it is to praise Him for all things. Praising Him for our misfortunes and failures sounds counter-productive and a little bit crazy, but it’s exactly what God wants us to do. It’s not going to be easy – in fact, it’s going to be extremely difficult, but the reward will be eternal!

Take time this upcoming week to praise God for your successes and for your failures! Use both to develop a stronger relationship with our Father and to bring a sense of peace into your life. “Naked we came into this world and naked we will depart”. Our relationship with God is the only thing that really matters. It is the true measure of our success!

Enjoy your week, “Working for Christ”!

“Working for Christ”

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One Comment on “We’re All Naked!”

  1. Excellent devotion!!! 🙂
    If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-12


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