|This inspiring graphic is from my friend Abby over at Little Birdie Blessings. She has a wonderful ministry of encouragement; pay her a visit!|
This morning I brought a warm breakfast and hot coffee to Mom, and as she praised my character and abilities I realized this is exactly how I treat the Lord! When my circumstances are pleasing to me, I praise His Name, but when times get hard, as they have seemed for me of late, I bow my head but keep my silence.
I know better. We are taught to praise Him in all things...ALL things. And the reason we do this is that His character does not change! Although Mom often has ample reason to withhold her approval of me (she noticed long ago that I am far from perfect and my moods are mercurial), we serve a God who does not change. He is just as powerful and holy when our circumstances are awful as He is when everything is beautiful. We are to find our rest in Him, regardless of the difficulties we face, because unlike fallible human caregivers, His good intentions toward us do not fade, His love does not waver, and He always has a good and holy purpose for us even in the midst of things the enemy means for our harm. God's power is such that He can bring blessings from the most potent of sorrows. Even in the midst of tragedy, if we look for His provision and deliverance, we will eventually come to see and understand how He brought us through.
As we begin to praise our Lord, He brings remembrance of the ways He has provided for us in the past, and we are encouraged in hope and faith that He will bring us through the challenges we are facing today. Praise His Name!