By Terri Pettyjohn
Writer and Author, Contributing Writer, EXW
December 12, 2023

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Job 1:20-21 “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.”

Oxymoron - a figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory ideas or
terms re combined. There are many examples of worship in the Bible that can only be explained as being an oxymoron. When Job was faced with insurmountable trials the first thing he did was to offer praise. In our normal state of mind there is nothing remotely natural to us about stopping and giving praise. Perhaps complaining, questioning and even sullen obedience, but genuine heart-felt worship..............I don’t think so. Isn’t it interesting that King Nebuchadnezzar gave praise to God when Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego refused to bow down and worship any god except the God of Abraham? The picture seems to be getting clearer that in all circumstances we must make praise our first reaction.

Terri Pettyjohn
Writer and Author, Contributing Writer, EXW
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