“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” Romans 5:3-4
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…through the Risen Hope Ministries! I just want you all to know…how happy I am; that you are with me today! I pray that no matter what you may be facing; that you will truly come to see that you can praise God and find peace, in the midst of your storm!
As we prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day; some of us may find it difficult, to see anything good…worth praising God for; due to a present circumstance…or even due to the loss of someone that was once very close to us. The weight of a difficult trial can make us feel as if the heaviness of a heart that is so broken, can’t even begin to find the strength to raise hands, to the God of this universe.
Why do people talk about praising God in the midst of a storm? Don’t they realize that there is nothing to praise God for…only a storm that relentlessly keeps attempting to overtake a person; that is already in great need? What good comes out of praising God, during the very hard and difficult struggles of life? You know…there was a time in my life, when questions such as these continually haunted my thoughts…and I even remember reading a Bible verse in 2 Corinthians 12:9, which talked about rejoicing through weakness; but yet, I just couldn’t see how that could happen. You know I could understand giving praise to God, after the storm had passed…but in the middle of the storm…how could that be?
Through my own long and drawn out moments of affliction, I eventually did come to see that praising God in the midst of a trial does serve a purpose. For one thing…when we can truly praise God in the midst of a trial; then we are acknowledging a God, whose power is greater than the trial…and through those thoughts, we come to see that this is the greatest opportunity, to experience the powerful hand, of a mighty God…resting upon us…which in turn gives us a reason to praise Him.
Second…when we can praise God, in the midst of difficult times; then this heart of praise becomes a weapon that can destroy the works of darkness. Think of it this way…when Satan afflicts us…what kind of response do you feel he is waiting to hear? Could it be a heart of complaint? One thing I’m sure of…Satan is not waiting to hear us praise God, in the midst of a trial.
When I was younger…I remember watching… “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” If you remember…the Grinch had a plan, to steal all the Christmas gifts…goodies and decorations that were up for Christmas in Whoville. After doing so…he went back home and decided to see if he could find joy, in seeing all their disappointed faces; but to his surprise…the people of Whoville began to sing and dance and celebrate Christmas anyway. In a similar way…this is Satan’s plan…for he longs to not only afflict us; but to take away the joy we once had for living…and even more…for God.
No circumstance we face is ever going to be easy to walk through…believe me…I know; but one thing I’ve come to see over time; is that even though Satan may afflict us; that doesn’t mean that we have to allow the circumstance to make us distant, from the God we need the most…and this is exactly what we’re doing, when we let the circumstance pull us down and away from God.
There is one thing that has helped me…for the longest time; and that is to look at my situation and ask myself, as to how Satan would want me to respond to this time of affliction. Most times, I’m convinced that he would want me to complain and lose heart; so instead of allowing that to have preeminence over my life; I choose to praise God, in the midst of the storm. I find that when I have a real and true heart of praise for God, during these difficult times; then no matter what has come my way…it will never be able to steal the joy that God has placed within my heart…and instead of being brought down to a lower level…I find that God takes hold of my hands of praise and lifts me to a higher plateau.
No matter what you may be facing right now…stop…take a deep breath and rethink the situation all over again…and I’m sure that you too will come to see that praising God, will not only lift your spirits, while facing these difficult times; but I also think that you will come to see how praise can truly become the most power weapon, to ward off the works of darkness!
Blessings so much on your day…and this Thanksgiving!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."