Today, I choose to praise.

How many times have we waited till we can’t do it ourselves before we come and kneel before God? How many times do we have to cry out by ourselves before we cry out to God?Why does it take us so long before we draw near to God? Why do we have to burden ourselves with worries before we surrender it all to Him?

Have we ever tried praising Him in the midst of all the hurt and pain? In the song, “Even When it Hurts,” there’s a line there that says:

“Even when my strength is lost, I’ll praise You. Even when I have no song, I’ll praise You. Even when it’s hard to find the words louder then I’ll sing Your praise.”

Then it goes on to say:

“Even when the fight seems lost, I’ll praise You. Even when it hurts like hell, I’ll praise You. Even when it makes no sense to sing louder then I’ll sing Your praise.”

Have we tried this? Praising God despite our defeat?

Personally, that is one thing I thought I can never do. How can you thank God that you’re hurting? How can you praise Him when all seems not to be the way you think it would go? How can you remove all the worries and fears, then still praise Him?

Lately, my situation has been all sorts of turns and no matter what angle I look, I am just defeated by my fears and doubts. It’s so exhausting to try to do everything with your own might, you know! But one thing God keeps on reminding me is that everything is going to be okay because He has already taken care of it. I just have to trust Him.

“But, but…how, Lord? I can’t find joy in my situation much less praise You for something that I’m hurting.”

One thing God told me, “Surrender them all to me my child. You have been carrying so much weight on your shoulders when you know that my burden is light. Surrender it all to me.”

Then it hit me.

I’ve been doing it the wrong way all along. I’ve been looking at my situation from my perspective, not God’s. No wonder I was hurting myself more. I wasn’t trusting Him enough that He could redeem me from this situation. I was relying on myself and what my mind can perceive of what will happen. All  I have to do is to surrender everything!

As easy as that may sound, it wasn’t. It was a week of tug of war between God. Trusting Him one minute and then doubting the next. It was so exhausting! But once I understood that God is sovereign over all things, it wasn’t as hard as the first time. The moment I realize that I’m just a mere human without all understanding of God is about to do, it was easier to surrender it all to Him.

Sure, there has been doubt that creeps along the way but God keeps reminding me that He got this. He has taken care of it. All I have to do is praise Him in this situation even though I don’t understand what is going on. I have to choose to praise Him or else I’m going to be fed up with lies of doubt, fear and worry.

The moment I chose to praise Him is also the time where I experienced peace and joy through His presence. It was magnificent. It was a refreshing feeling. My heart is full of joy once I started to chose to praise Him.

Whatever your situation is right now, God is telling you that you have to stop doubting Him and start trusting Him. He is sovereign and you may not understand what is happening right now, there may be feeling of hurt, pain and betrayal, God is our redeemer. He will restore you with so much gladness in your heart that even in the midst of trial, you still can’t help but praise Him with so much joy!

Whatever is your struggles, surrender it all to Him. It may not be as easy as it is, but once you acknowledge that only God can bring you out of that pit, once you surrender every little thing of your life to Him, He will take care of it.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a]for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

You’ve got nothing to lose when you choose to praise Him right now. Instead, you will be filled up with His wonderful presence.

 

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My God is great. Why am I still doubting?

If you know you are serving an awesome God, do you have any room for doubt? In fact, it’s simple. All you have to do is trust and obey. Stop worrying and doubting and asking God so many “why’s”. Stop thinking what might go wrong. You’re God is all-powerful and all-knowing. The key is to know God every single day. You’ll be amazed at His surprises and promises for you.

Doubt is there. Sure. Let it last for only a second and realize how great and awesome the God you are serving. The more you know Him, the more you realise that, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10. Even “…long ago”, he already has plans for us. For sure, it is pleasing and perfect and also will glorify Him only. Besides, aren’t we living for Him and not for ourselves? When was it ever about us?

Sometimes doubt is just a way to test our faith. When you doubt about what God has planned for you, think about this, “Is your doubt greater than your faith? Or is it the other way around?” Knock, knock: reality check! It’s like setting aside your 10% for God but also at the same time thinking, “I could use this for something else more important. I’ll just tithe next month.” See the faith in there? The Bible says that even though our faith is as little as a mustard seed, it’s enough. How much more if our faith is bigger than our boulder-sized doubt?

Everything happens for a reason and that is God’s pleasing and perfect plan for us. He already planned it. Meaning, everything is already laid out in front of us. It might be a little unclear to see right now, but that is the whole point of faith. It is looking at Who holds your future, not What your future is ahead of you. If you can see everything right now, where does God fit it? How does His glory shine in your life if you do not experience everything in details?

If we can see what our future holds us right now, we will be complacent knowing that that’s our future. But if we do not know yet, what’s in store for us, we would be holding on to God every step of the way. We would experience Him in hard times and in good times. We would be able to see God’s glory in every ups and downs in our lives. We would see clearly how incredibly detailed His plans are for us, and we would experience it on the front seat.

Trusting God is more than just trusting Him. Trusting him is faith, discipline, prayer and obedience wrapped in one. Trusting Him is not only knowing that He has perfect plans for us, but trusting Him is experiencing how great He truly is! It’s your relationship with Him that’s strengthened. It’s knowing that although at this point in time everything is not making sense, you know that with God, you are okay and not alone. It’s not a journey all by yourself.

God is there to comfort you when you’re brokenhearted, to provide for you when you’re in lack, to be with you when you experience joy (even though sometimes we forget to thank Him) and so much more! He is basically with you every step of the way, sometimes we don’t notice it because we get too consumed with earthly things. If we learn to focus our eyes on things above, other things won’t matter anymore because we know we are secured in everything as long as we trust God.

So here I say to you…

Trust God and keep that faith firm on solid ground.

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