O Lord, You are my God.
I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
For You have done wonderful things;
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isaiah 25:1)
This is a beautiful chapter talking of the praise and worship and redemption of those who are suffering through the Great Tribulation. But this makes me think: those people are gonna go through such great pain and suffering – and they still will praise. What is keeping me from doing that?
I’ve been going through some pain and suffering myself – granted not on the scale of those that will during the tribulation – but significant to me. I have been whiny, complain-y, just a round about baby.
What am I getting at? We need to praise God during our time of pain and suffering. God has allowed us to go through this time of pain and we should praise Him. I mean – I know I’ve said it before but:
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4 NKJV)
God is using this time to make you grow. Isn’t that awesome? Yeah, I know. Not really feeling it now, but friend: God knows how this time of suffering – will just cause us to grow closer to Him.
We should be praising God when the pain is great, when the bills have no way of being paid, when your child is diagnosed as being differently abled, when you have a chasm growing between you and your mom (or dad – really just when you have a divide with anyone). God will use that situation to cause you to grow.
You may not see it immediately but it will happen. God does marvelous things all the time – praise Him, rely on Him, look to Him in everything and He will bless your obedience.
He will swallow up death forever,
And the Lord Godwill wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8 NKJV)