Expressing Gratitude - Wellington First Assembly

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Expressing Gratitude

A person who walks in wisdom, expresses Gratitude to the Father.
Although Solomon received great wisdom and was renowned for it early in his kingship – he did not exercise it nearly enough and concluded his life in foolishness. There is another whose example outshines Solomon.  The most ancient of all Jewish writings includes the wisdom saga of Job.  This dualist moral struggle gives us insight into the drama of redemption.  A godly man, successful in every way, encounters all the worst terrors at once and becomes instantly destitute.  While often looked at for how to endure suffering, there is something unique about this story.  In the middle of his appropriate struggles and the faithless friends who accuse him of obviously committing unrighteousness to deserve this just punishment, Job refuses to show ingratitude towards God.  Sure, he questions.  Yes, he wonders.  Obviously, he grieves.  But what is Job’s response?
 Job 1:21 -- “And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Throughout the whole saga, Job also expresses gratitude toward God and remains faithful for him.  At the end, he acknowledges Gods great wisdom and counsel.  His continual gratitude towards God indicates to Satan that a person who walks in righteousness and wisdom will always be protected by God and will never depart from the truth.

What’s most interesting about the ending of Job is how he treats his would be friends at the end.  God is ready to punish them – but Job intercedes for them and prays.  Job’s fortunes are only returned to him after he prays for his friends.
Are you praising God for what he has given you?