Panic or praise
By: Leslie B. Williamson
The times in which we live are here to whip us into spiritual shape. It can make or break you, but the choice is yours. We can either panic due to what we see around us or we can praise God because of what we know to be true according to the Word of God.
What we fail to remember, due to lack of the Word of God being planted in our hearts, is that whatever we experience in our lives as believers is due to God allowing it. You may have difficulty dealing with the untimely death of a loved one or similar tragedy and can’t see how it can work for our good according to Romans 8:28. It’s not for us to always know how God will do it, just know that He will and He can. We don’t have all the answers, but we know that we can trust the God who preserves us to be a testimony of His goodness and His faithfulness.
Psalm 34 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praises shall continually be in my mouth…”. This lets us know that regardless of the circumstances of that day, we are to praise the Lord at all times. In other words, praising God is much more important than blaming God for something that we don’t have the power to change. Don’t waste your time with that, use that energy to give God praise.
I recall when my youngest son was in a motorcycle accident and we went to the ER to see his unconscious body lying on a gurney. He had no clue that he was even in the world and we didn’t know how things would turn out. I knew that the prayer I had prayed over his life from the time he was born was not in vain and God had not failed me. Instead of spewing doubt and fear, I opened my mouth, lifted up my hands in the middle of Carolina Pines parking lot and began to praise the God in whom I had put my trust. As the helicopter started its engine and began to rise up into the air to transport my son to Columbia, so did my praises unto my faithful God. There were people standing around wondering if I had lost it, but as they listened, they heard God being glorified!
Instead of panic, I chose praise and as a result, my son recovered and is here today and that’s only the beginning. Don’t panic and don’t be anxious even in the worst circumstances (Philippians 4:6-7). It’s not easy to do in the flesh, but if you rely on Jesus, he will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3)
© 1/23/17 LBW