“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-” -Psalm 103:2 (NIV)
How easy it is to praise God! When everything is going our way and the floodgates of Heaven have showered blessings upon our lives, we find ourselves gushing with thankfulness and adoration for God’s love and faithful provision. In our elation we make promises to surrender our lives to God and to be unwavering in our service and faithfulness to Him. But how easily do we forget these very things! When the storms of life turn against us, we fail to remember the goodness of God. Instead, we use our struggles as evidence of God’s malevolence; pointing to our trials as indicative of His failure to provide. Yet when circumstances again turn in our favor, we return to that attitude of praise and gratitude. How opportunistic are we in our relationship with God!
When we focus upon the chaos around us we will forget about God. This is exactly what Satan wishes to do. By drawing attention to our miseries, he will attempt to pull us away from that life-giving relationship we have in Christ. But while he may claim that God Himself has brought this suffering upon us, this is far from the truth. It was never in God’s will for His creation to be tainted by suffering and sin. Yet because man chose to disobey God, we have caused the world to descend into its fallen state. Trials therefore, are not willed by God, but are the result of living in this corrupted world. However, God stands above our trials and He uses them to strengthen and develop our character. He is unchanging in His nature and He will always be loving, faithful and just. He is not one to simply discard His children; rather He will lead us through tribulations if we allow Him to do so in our lives. When we see our lives through the eyes of Christ, we will be able to remember His faithfulness with joy. We will dwell in the assurance that though we may face despair, He will lift our gaze to rest on Him.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.