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.”