PRAISING GOD. HOW DOES IT LOOK PRACTICALLY?
Oh yes girls, praising God when everything is fine is easy to do right?
I mean, I remember of myself in between two tasks for our wedding preparation; I was stopping for a minute and glorifying God for the amazing husband to be I had! I remember telling Abba Father that He must love me so much for having given me such a man. I still believe it you know… nothing that happened will make me think differently about the person my fiancé was.
Then suddenly June last year, the wedding has been cut off and my fiancé broke up with me. And now what…? And now that I have found myself in the midst of HELL ON EARTH, what “Praising God” meant to me?
Perhaps you are in the same situation than mine and you feel like wondering how is it possible to praise God for His goodness when there is definitely no good in your trial?
Ooooh I know this feeling… And I am right there with you.
When my fiancé broke up, something else broke… it was me; Me and my ideas. Me and my ideals. Me and my plans. Me and my pride. Me and my heart…
A broken heart is not to be taken lightly! Every pain, each one of them is not to be taken lightly.
And in the midst of pain the bible says: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). It also says “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
But what does it look practically?
If you have been in such an unbearable suffering, you probably understand my question. How is it possible to rejoice? And yet, the Bible calls us to do so. If we believe that the Bible holds truth and it’s the Word of God guiding us, then it’s basically God telling us to rejoice doesn’t matter the situation.
Is there any magical trick to do it? Nope, sorry. It requires a lot of faith yet.
When we rejoice in the Lord though the situation seems helpless and exhausting, it means “God, I trust you. I decided to put my trust in You alone and to see by faith and not by sight. I decided to act as a kid trusting his dad, and not like the world does”.
Now, I am not saying it is easy to do. Regarding me, I have grown in such a wrong pattern for barely 30 years of my life (and I am 31, so you can imagine how deep rooted it was in me). I have never known something else than the complaint, the negativity, the wrong image of me and the legalism. Not that my parents were like this in particular or raised me in a certain way to feel this way, no. They have been amazing parents. But in my misconception of life as a perfectionist girl, I have never understood basic things like: grace, faith, and trust in God. I knew He was God and powerful but the spirit of abandonment that grew in me since I was a kid never allowed me to lean on someone else; I always thought “We are better served by ourselves”. This idea didn’t help me to build my faith in God and unfortunately seeing by sight was such a better security for me.
When everything works fine, it is great to see by sight you know. And it’s easy to praise the “far far away God” (yet so close) we think we know. But when we end up in the midst of a storm we didn’t plan (and who does actually :)) and never developed our faith, things get a little complicated…
But because God is also the best Dad ever, he allows us to learn from mistakes, storms, trials, pain and suffering. And what has been hell on earth for me has also been an opportunity to learn to praise Him without seeing the end result, but just by trusting WHO He is.
The beginning of this week, I received a reply email that I have been waiting for 2 weeks. I have been patiently waiting and God in his grace gave the desire for this person to write me back. Not as I was expecting, but actually in even a better way. At first I thought this email was a little light but then, while praying, I realized it was perfectly and exactly what God has planned for me and the sender of this email. It has been an opportunity for me to praise God!
Remember one thing: God doesn’t want you to solve all your issues yourself; He wants you to trust Him and to praise Him for things that are to come!
Hebrews 11:1 says: “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
Acts 16:25-26 says: “About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. At once all the doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.…”
One of the foundations of your faith in Jesus is that you praise Him for things that your heart desires but haven’t come yet. If you take delight in God, then He will give you your heart’s desire (Psalm 37:4). Isn’t what Abraham, David, Daniel and Paul did? And so many other from the Bible!
Praising God in the midst of no answer, no changes, silence and pain is not easy but is the visible sign that we trust God for bringing us out of the trial in His timing.
The email I received on Monday still doesn’t give me any visibility on what will happen next or on how the issue will be solved but I praise God and will continue to do so until His glory is revealed.
There Is More to come.
There Is More Co.™