Becoming a thankful Job; when things are falling apart
What if you have nothing to thank God for? It could be thankful Thursday, or Thanksgiving, maybe not.
My falling apart
My life feels like it has been in shambles the last few years. We moved out of the house I had lived in throughout high school. We moved to an awesome house in the middle of nowhere. Then we found out that the house didn't have a septic tank and everything was backing up. Luckily we were only renting, but that meant we had to move right back out.
With nowhere to go, we spent a week at my grandma's house, while we looked for a new place to live. My mom found an apartment, but my sister and I couldn't move in with them. Which is fine in the fact that we are adults, with good jobs, but sad in the fact that we still had nowhere to go.
Job's life falling apart
This story reminds me of Job from the Bible. Job was blessed, he had great wealth, a large family, and literally God's blessing.
One day the angels and Satan came before God. God and Satan had an exchange. This led to Satan being allowed to take everything from Job except his body and health.
Wealth gone. Family, gone, except his wife. Servants, mostly gone, except the few who brought word of these trials.
Do you know what Job did?
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “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.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. - Job 1:20-22
May the Name of the Lord be praised! What great faith.
A Christians fight mode should start with praise and prayer.
What a great example. I wish I could tell you that I was as good of an example through my trials. But I didn't even come close.
Falling into Place
My parents took that apartment. The landlord had an apartment across the hall for rent. So we stayed with my parents for a month, while he finished getting the apartment ready.
That was the beginning. I know that what I felt was horrible at the time, moved me closer to where God wants me. My trials are far from over, but lucky for me I am learning to Praise God throughout. It isn't easy, I fail at it all the time, especially when I don't see God moving on my timetable.
God's timing is never our own, and his plan isn't always what we want.
Have you come through great trials and testings? I would love to hear about how God used those moments to help you grow. If he blessed you even more afterward, I would love to hear that as well. Maybe it will help my faith grow.
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