"For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you."-Deuteronomy 20:4
Hardships can come from many varied sources: sickness, financial collapse, failure in relationships, etc,. Then many varied negative emotions accompany the hardship: frustration, despair, fear, and doubt. People ruled by those feelings often make poor choices. Can I recommend that you decide now to respond to troubled times the way the Israelites did: with praise. We believe there is a scripture, and there is a song of praise, for every situation we face.
1. Frustrations can be eased by committing our future plans to Him.
"But I know whom I believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that
which I have committed unto Him against that day."
2. It's hard to despair while honoring the Lord for His love and strength.
"The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell,
It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell."
3. Fear can dissipate in His presence, and we know He inhabits the praises of His people.
"Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children;
In His arms He carries them all day long.
Praise Him, Praise Him, tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him, praise Him, ever in joyful song."
4. We can dispel doubt by recalling His past faithfulness.
"Standing on the promises of Christ my King!
Thru eternal ages let His praises ring.
Glory in the highest I will shout and sing.
Standing on the promises of God."
Even in the darkest hours, worshipping God fills the heart with joy and the mind with peace, and then that believer can wisely keep a commitment to obey the Lord no matter what. Praise is not the obvious reaction to hardship, but it is the wisest response.
God bless, have a Great Day, and remember that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!