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Praising God In Trials

True praise doesn’t flow just when everything is going the way we think it should go.  Often we are all guilty of praising God when times are good but do you praise God even when times are hard?  Do you praise God when life seems to be coming against you from every side?  True praise flows at all times and not just when we feel like praising God.

James 1:2-4 reminds me of that fact.  Trials come (v.2) but God allows trails to come to test our faith and to produce steadfastness (v.3).  Steadfastness in turn leads to us being perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (v.4).  How can this be?  Because praise breaks us into the presence of God and we realize that He is faithful and He is sufficient no matter what we face.  We choose to see God in our trials and we learn to praise Him in the midst of them and this leads us to see the sovereignty of God and trust completely in Him.  Verse 4 is not speaking about money or about sinlessness.  That is not even James’ point here.  He is speaking about a trust in God that does not waver in the midst of trials (v.6).  A trust in God that leads to us standing firm in our faith in the wisdom of God and the power of God (v.5).

Trails are not fun.  They often hurt.  But God is faithful and we can praise Him in the midst of the storms of life.  Praise has a way of focusing on what really matters and that is God Himself (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).  God is our delight.  God is our reward.  To be with Jesus is our aim (Philippians 1:20-21).  Praise has a way of showing us that this world and its pains are insignificant to the reality and glory of heaven (Revelation 21:1-4).  Come what may: cancer, debt, loss of freedoms, corruption of our bodies and decay, etc. – we can trust God and praise Him.  He is good.  He is faithful.  He is sovereign.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/30/2012 at 8:16 PM

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