"Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped" (Job 1:20, ESV).
Beloved, on this 15th day, we have started the last week of our Dedication to the Lord! This has been an encouraging time in the midst of discouragement. It has been a hopeful time in the midst of a hopeless generation. It's been a good time, in the midst of bad things happening all around us. This is what it looks like to be dedicated to the Lord!
Read the verse above once more. You may not know this, but Job had just heard the worst news of his life. He suffered much loss, including his sons and daughters. We know he loved his sons and daughters because he would regularly offer burnt offerings to the Lord for their sin. That kind of effort and sacrifice was born out of love.
So Job heard the news that he's lost so much, including his beloved sons and daughters, and he tore his robe, shaved his head, fell on the ground, and tweeted that he was sad. No, he didn't do that. He went and complained to his neighbor about how bad he had it. Nope, didn't do that either. I know, he went and wrote a book called, "Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?" Nope, didn't do that either.
What did he do? He worshiped. He worshiped his God. He worshiped his God with all his heart. He realized that, though his circumstances changed, his Almighty God hadn't changed. He still blessed the Lord; he still praised Him. His circumstances did not change his worship!
I want to encourage you during this dedication: do not let your circumstances change your worship. In the midst of discouragement, hopelessness, and bad things happening, do not let those change your worship! He is still worthy of all worship! He is still worthy of all praise! Chapter 1 of Job finishes with this, "In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong" (v.22). May we all have the dedication, the faith, and the devotion that Job had for God. Amen.
-Pastor Tim Escamilla