Worship Devotions

Where were you?

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth … as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" ~ Job 38:4,7

Where were you? The Lord asked Job to explain himself. Everyone else, even the stars were singing praise to Him for His mighty works. God had just completed the most beautifully profound work on behalf of mankind- the creation of the earth that we would inhabit and all of His creation was singing and shouting for joy. “Where were you?”

The Lord asked this very pointed question because He knew Job hadn’t been there, and Job knew it as well. God’s works are far beyond our human comprehension, as He laid out before Job, in Job chapters 38-42, yet our inability to grasp the greatness of God doesn’t mean we worship Him with any less passion. Our confusion doesn’t excuse our inaction. In fact, if anything our worship should be even grander as we reflect on His overwhelming greatness, in spite of everything else going on.

If you aren’t sure where you lost connection, God will remind you, as He did for Job. Go ahead and ask! He knows exactly where you are- and how to bring you back.

“Where were you?” – Everyone else is worshipping, but where were you? God knows where you are in your heart. He is aware of what is preventing you from entering in, from connecting to His spirit, and yet He asks the question: Where were you? He already knows the answer- do you? Job was busy trying to figure God out and to get his answers in the midst of his pain and confusion and grief instead of joining in with all of creation in worship. God had to remind Job of His greatness because Job had taken his eyes off Him. Worship will refocus your body, mind, soul and spirit back onto the only One who can help you. If you aren’t sure where you lost connection, God will remind you, as He did for Job. Go ahead and ask! He knows exactly where you are- and how to bring you back.

Thought for today

God has the answers you need, and what Job ultimately discovered was that man’s troubles are unrelated to God’s goodness, and certainly do not diminish His greatness. We seek answers when we should be seeking God. The enemy is seeking to devour- that’s no secret (1 Peter 5:8). “Don’t be surprised” by your troubles and trials, Peter wrote (1 Peter 4:12). And don’t let them cause you to question God, to challenge Him or doubt His power to bring something out of nothing. All the earth sings His praises. Where are you?

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