I’ve been meditating on how I respond/react to trials. Not surprising, I find that most often I don’t respond in ways that honor God. In the trials of life I do so want to go the way of Job and proclaim “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Whether in plenty or in need, praising God is where I want to be so that I can say with Paul that I have learned “the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12). This kind of faith that praises God during trials is a faith I find hard to wrap my head or my heart around. Yet, this is the only kind of faith that gives glory to God.

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.

“Lord, give us a faith that can praise you and give you glory not just when it’s easy but more importantly when it’s hard! Lord teach me the way of Job and the way of Abraham.”

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3 Comments

  1. Paul,

    This is a great post.

    it is the cry of my heart too – especially in this time of remarkable uncertainty.

    The one truth I have become aware of most recently is that He really is faithful. When I look back I see a track record of a faithful God in my life who promises to take care of me just as He has all my life until now.

    Let us dwell on his mercies and his eternal faithfulness.

  2. Paul,

    As tough as the last four weeks have been, my faith has never been stronger. I am continually shown how faithful God is; and if I really keep my focus where it belongs, the Lord is bringing me through all these trials (not even smelling of smoke). He also keeps me in touch with my sense of humor by getting me to laugh at myself…a lot!
    Lisa

  3. Thanks, Lisa, for being a pillar of faith and strengthening my faith through your trials.

    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Cor. 1:3-4

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