Friends, the reward of serving Christ and trusting Him far outweighs any difficult situation, circumstance and event you face or might face.
When we go through trying times, praising God is not a natural tendency for us. However, the Bible reminds us that God inhabits the praises of His people – so we must make a choice to praise Him even when we don’t feel like it.
Think about Bible characters – Paul and Silas who were imprisoned for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible records for us in Acts 16:25-26 that “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose”.
Friends, there is victory when we choose to praise God in our trying times – our praise:
- Diminishes our problems and magnifies the strength of the God we serve – This is comforting and helps us realize that the troubles we face is not greater than the God we serve.
- Testifies to who God is in our lives to others who are watching – We become a living testimony to others and as a result, they want to know and have the peace and joy (found in Christ) that we have.
Christ follower, choose this week and this year to praise God no matter what challenges you are going through and watch God do what only Him can do. If you are currently not a Christ follower, come and enjoy victory and praise with Christ today.
All glory to God!
About The Author:
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.