It’s hard to believe we’re closing out March today! We’ve definitely had some spring-like weather here lately. I walk outside in our neighborhood most days, and it’s been fun to see which trees and plants are newly blooming and budding each week.
Our focus on the blog this month has been praising God. We’ll close out this series today by focusing on how we can praise God when life is difficult.
There’s a long list of things that can make certain seasons of life hard. Let’s list some of them.
- sickness – your own or a family member’s
- death of someone you love
- job loss
- financial troubles
- frustration with a current situation
- marriage problems
- parenting struggles
- difficult co-workers
- uncertainty about a medical issue
- feeling lost spiritually
- unmet expectations
And sometimes we have more than one of these happening at the same time!
So how do we praise God on those days…days when we feel overwhelmed, helpless, or hopeless? Here are five ideas.
1. Focus on God’s character.
What we face from one life season to another will change, but God never does. Get into His Word. Write down and meditate on Bible verses that tell you Who God is.
2. Recount His faithfulness in your life.
I think almost every post this month has included this point, but it’s so true. Think back to past trials, times when you hit a rough patch and God came through for you. Remind yourself that God has been steadfast and constant in His deliverance and provision.
3. Make a conscious decision to trust Him.
Now, when it’s hard, is the time to prove your faith. We can’t see behind the scenes to how He is working. We don’t know how or when our difficult circumstances will end. So just decide right there in the middle of it to have faith and trust God.
4. Be grateful.
As the hymn writer says, count your blessings. Are there days when the silver lining is so thin you can barely see it? You bet. But you’ll never see it if you’re not looking. Before you get out of bed each morning, mentally give thanks for something. Do like I do and keep a gratitude journal. Every day write down at least three things for which you’re thankful.
5. Reach out to others.
This one is two-pronged. First of all, ask someone you love and trust to pray for you or with you about what you’re facing. Pray for a proper perspective on the problem. If they’ve been through something similar, they can empathize. They can come alongside you and help you offer praise.
Secondly, see who there is around you who could use your help. Give someone else a reason to praise God because you’ve been a blessing to them!
When life is difficult, we can still worship our Lord and praise our God. I like how Habakkuk sums it up.
“Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” [3:17-18]
(In Friday’s subscriber e-mail I’ll be talking about a verse I’ve read many times that came to mean something new and personal to me in light of a recent disappointment. If you’re not already subscribed, you can do so here.)