Our natural tendency is to allow our circumstances to define our attitude. So most of the time, you can tell when a person is going through a difficult test by his change of attitude. I am actually impressed when I am with someone whom I know, and the person reveals a difficult ordeal he has been going through, and I never picked up on it because he genuinely seemed to be among the most joyous people on earth. How about you? Is there like a beast raging in your spirit every time the going gets tough? Can you genuinely praise God during difficult times as you do during good times? This post is not a call to denial. I know that no matter how much you love God, if the test that you are going through is tough enough, you will have your moments. That's true about all of us. The question is, however, can and will we praise God in the midst of such times? In the book of Isaiah, there is a profound Messianic prophecy given, which says that the Lord will give us "the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" (Isaiah 61:3). Note that this garment of praise is specifically for the spirit of heaviness--or the spirit of despair, as the NIV puts it. Also, this verse clearly is saying that Christians experience despairing moments. If that were not the case, then the provision of the prophecy would be pointless. We don't need this special anointing to offer to God the sacrifice of praise when life is good. Even many non-Christians tend to praise God when life is beautiful. But it's much more of a challenge to tell Him how good He is, to serve Him with gladness, and to exalt His name and person when everything seems to be going terrible in your life. Yea, it's more of a challenge when you feel that everything good is passing you by, and all that's bad seems to find you. But that is exactly where the stark contrast should exist between Christians and those who have not been provided this "garment of praise" that we have been anointed to wear when our spirit is down. Christians go through many of the same things non-Christians go through. Let me break it down for you: Christians can get sick, they can fall on financially hard times, their marriage can become a living hell, etc. The difference should be seen in how Christians handle those difficulties. Others should see in us the difference that Christ makes. They should want the inner peace and the prevailing joy that we have. Are you that kind of person? Or do the circumstances that you encounter define your attitude toward God? Are you currently walking in bitterness toward God because of your circumstances? Let me close by quickly giving you at least three reasons why we should learn to put on the garment of praise when a depressive spirit tries to dominate us. One is because a merry heart does good like medicine (Proverbs 17:22). Secondly, when we praise God, He inhabits our praises (Psalm 22:3). Thirdly, the verse that we started out with from the book of Isaiah ends this way: "that he might be glorified." That's it! When we can genuinely praise God in the midst of circumstances that those who don't know Christ would expect to overwhelm us, we glorify God. And is that not what we are called to do? Frank King
Yes-we are to glorify Him no matter what the situations may be! Thanks, Brother Frank of this encouraging message and God be with you always, my friend! Dave
How true, Brother Frank! I do admire such a person who does not show his problems on his face or countenance! They are a rare gem! I believe as Christians, this must come from the assurance and comfort from God that He is in control, that God will take care of everything.
May we have this kind of attitude, a spirit of praise constantly on our lips in the midst of adversity.:):)
Thanks for sharing
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