Difficult Times?

Many of you will agree with me when I say that it is such a joyful moment when we praise God for the blessings He gives us. But how are we at praising God during a time of challenges, storms, and difficult situations?

How many of us can claim that we naturally worship God and praise Him in the midst of a trial? It is much easier to blame Him for our difficulties or to feel frustrated with Him in these times as we expect God to deliver us from our situations immediately.

Beloved, if this sounds familiar to you, let me tell you something: the more we praise God in the midst of a trial, the more we experience His deliverance! Probably one of the Bible characters who experienced the toughest, most torturous situation that could have pushed any other person to turn their back on the Lord was Job. God allowed Job to experience the worst of the worst, allowing affliction not just to come upon him but on the people he loved the most. You would think that this would be the perfect time to declare God absent in his life as it didn’t seem like God was doing anything to deliver him from the direst situations, yet Job had the confidence to respond differently.

Upon finding out that all ten of his children had been tragically killed in a windstorm, this was his response: “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.”

Instead of seeing the tragedy as a way out of his faith, Job saw it as an opportunity to praise God even more! He chose to saw beyond the circumstances and found confidence in the fact that God was still there with him and that His character remains unchanging.

Are you in a Job-like situation? If you are, ask for the courage to see your situation the way God sees it. Praise Him and expect deliverance!

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