Monday, April 24, 2006

Close Your Eyes and Praise

James 1:2-3-"Count it all joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance."

I wanted to post my thoughts before life gets in the way again. I simply want to encourage my readers to close your eyes and praise. Let me unpack that statement.

So often we find ourselves in the midst of stress, heartache, and disappointment. It seems like the day just begs for a situation which results in a negative feeling. Agreed?

What is our initial reaction to the negative feelings or situation? Well, if you're like me...human...the negativity is coupled with a long line of "why me"s and "I don't deserve this". We immediately focus on the pain. I do at least.

It is SO easy to forget the eternal implications of "bad" situations. Yes, in that moment, right when you're experiencing the hurt, it flat out sucks. No one on this earth wants to feel pain. Jesus didn't want to. Remember how He asked the Father to remove the cup if at all possible? There was nothing appealing about the hardship of the cross. But also remember the second half of His (Jesus') prayer. "Not my will, but yours be done." I look at that statement and I think of the numerous praise songs with choruses like "Take my will, transform it, to yours, Oh Lord." We offer songs like that to God as worship. To submit to Christ is to worship Him.

So in the midst of the tears, praise the name of Jesus. Even if it is just saying His name...worship Him. It takes incredible maturity and depth of character to face troubled times and look up instead of down. But as one who has done both, He carries you if you ask Him to do so. There is no fear in asking Him to hold you. In Him is the source of all peace and comfort. He is life, He is love, He is grace.

~ Lily

No power of hell, no scheme of man could ever pluck me from His hand

Till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ, I stand.

1 comment:

Anomalous said...

This is so very true. It's too easy for me to forget to call on Him when I'm wandering around in my desert. How strange is it that when we need Him the most we don't call on Him? How often it's the other way around with the world, we who believe treat Jesus as a fair-weather friend. I don't imagine He likes that very much.