Pastor Pastor Robert Hudson, Littleby Baptist Church
“Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises.” – James 5:13b
When we are excited about what God is doing in our lives, when we have received some good news, when we have overcome a big challenge, when we see God working in the lives of our loved ones… we want to celebrate, we want to sing praises, we want to share what God is doing in our lives. We can get so excited we want to shout it from the roof tops so everyone can hear about it!
What about when we feel like we have been hit upside the head, run over, and beat down. When we get thrown for a loop, when we get hit with something unexpected, what happens to our praises then?
It is easy to sing ‘I Love You Lord’ when we are thanking God for everything in our lives.
It is hard to sing ‘Count Your Blessings’ when we feel like we have been punched in the gut.
No matter how long we have followed our Lord Jesus, it can be hard to praise Him all the time. From as simple as waking up on the wrong side of the bed to things like depression, doubt, feeling lost, isolated, anxious, lack of work, bills piling up, medical issues, not able to visit loved ones, and more. When we get hit with this other stuff, do we continue to sing praises? Do our voices soften? Does the song change? Do we stop praising God all together?
A lot of us are dealing with this ‘stuff’ right now in one form or another. There is a lot of doubt, fear, anxiety, and even wondering what God is up to. There are a lot of people who are stressing instead of praising.
“Therefore, through him let us continually offer up to God…
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.