Friday, November 29, 2013

Praising God in the Midst of Disappointment

Praising God in the midst of disappointment, heartbreak, stress, and hardship is a wise decision.  It lifts our hearts and minds to rejoice in our Savior and remember His faithfulness, despite what we are going through and enables us to keep the right perspective; God is perfect and wise in all His ways, He is still on His throne even when our lives appear to be falling apart, and God sees the growth, benefit, and good He will bring about through our current trials, sadness, and circumstances.

There are times life might seem too stressful, difficult, or painful to go on, yet it is those very times precisely that God can woo us to Himself in a close intimacy we otherwise would not experience.  There is something about hardship and pain, as well as mistakes and past sins/guilt that haunts us, that when committed to the Lord, asking for His cleansing, restoration, forgiveness, and deliverance from such bondage or memories, enables us to draw close to the Lord and actually experience His forgiveness in a real way.  Keep in mind that whether we have sinned in a great way and are suffering the consequences for it or we have sinned in smaller matters that have merely brought regret, God's forgiveness becomes real to us when we dwell on the beauty of the forgiveness and salvation He accomplished on behalf of sinners through His precious Son's death and resurrection on our behalf.

Through the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross which made it possible for sinful wretches (that includes us all!) to be reconciled to and made righteous in the sight of a holy God, we can rejoice in the fact that the God who created all there is has Himself sought reconciliation between us and Him.

Eternal praise be to Almighty God; the God who is ABLE to make us a new creature in Him (Second Corinthians 5: 17), the God who gives us a new slate in life and makes us clean - like pure, white snow (Isaiah 1: 18).

“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.’ “  Isaiah 1: 18

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”  Second Corinthians 5: 17

What can you praise God for today?
What are you most grateful for over His word and character?


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