Writing one last post to you before I head off to yet another camp. This summer has been crazy–full of victories and new experiences–I love it! Admittedly, it hasn’t always been easy; I’ve had my share of mistakes and hardships, but the Lord has used it all for good. Ya know why? Because He is good.
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”~ Psalm 100:4-5
It’s easy to praise God in the pleasant seasons. When everything goes according to your plans. But…it’s not always so easy to glorify Christ when your life feels like a roller coaster or when you search for answers to your prayers–but can’t find any. When your relationships seem to be failing…or when you look into the mirror each morning and think, “I’m just not enough.”
But, how do we do it? How do we love God through the hard times? How do we love Him, even if we can’t feel Him, or He seems far away?
Well, let’s think back to Job (from the book of Job in the Bible). Job was a very wealthy man with a beautiful wife and many children. He honored the Lord and had favor with God. Everything was going just peachy, until one day, when the Lord allowed Satan to test Job’s love for God. Within a short time, all of Job’s livestock (a sign of his wealth), his servants, and his children had been taken from him. AND, to top it all off, Job’s wife and friends began to accuse him of angering God and said that he’d be better off cursing God and dying.
What did Job do?
Even though he didn’t understand what was going on, Job refused to become offended at God. Instead of turning from the Lord and saying “Well, you don’t seem to want me, so I don’t want you!”, Job trusted God. Although he didn’t know what was happening or why the Lord allowed it to happen, Job did know that God is always good and that He is trustworthy.
I’m not saying that every hardship we face is from the devil– but I do know that, God allows everything that happens to happen for a reason. Most of the time, I have no idea what that reason is– but I do know that God is good and I can trust Him, even if I don’t see the full picture. In order to truly love and trust the Lord, we need to know Him. Truly know Him–who He is, what He stands for, and how He thinks.
Even when we can’t feel God or when the road get’s bumpy, He is with us and He is good. He is always worthy of our praise and love.
What kind of “season” do you feel like you’re in right now? How can you praise God in it?