“I will bless the lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
It sounds so easy, and granted when times are good and the sun is shining on your face and everything is going your way, it’s very easy to praise the Lord. But let me ask you, what what happens when a cold wind blows your way and a storm enters your life? You don’t understand why it’s here, where it came from, or if it will ease cease. All you can see is the storm raging and the sea crashing around you. All you can see is the storm raging and the sea crashing around you. You don’t understand why it’s here, where it came from, or if it will ever cease. All you can see is the storm raging and the sea crashing around you. Maybe the situation you are facing seems more like parched, arid doldrums. You have lost all momentum and the wind is completely cone out of your sail. Nothing is moving; all has become silent. you feel completely alone. To make matters even worse, the very midsts of this situation you feel that Jesus is unaware or is completely ignoring your impending dilemma. you may feel God has deserted you. You may feel like the situation will never get better. You may feel like the sun will never shine again.
Did you notice how many times I used the word “feel” in the last paragraph? The danger we face when we are going through tough situations is to focus more on our feelings than on the truth and our intimacy with God. When you are learning to fly, one of the most important things you will learn is this – when you are going through a storm and you cannot see, never trust your feelings. You must instead rely on your flight instruments, otherwise known as the Truth.
Feelings are: I don’t know, I can’t see, I don’t understand, I don’t know which way to turn.
The truth is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5
Feelings are: I’m so alone. Where is God?
The Truth is: “And the Lord, he is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Feelings are: My mind is in turmoil. Hope is lost. I can’t seem to find peace.
The Truth is: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may you may abound in hope.” Romans 12:12 and 15:13
The greatest temptation while going through a storm, a time of testing and trial, is to loose our focus upon our intimacy with Jesus. We must never allow our pursuit of His presence to be stunted by any trial that we are facing.
I was working with Mike Murdock several years ago and I heard him make a statement that had a profound impact in my life. “God is more interested in your pursuit than your pain.” Dr. Mike Brown, who has been a great mentor in my life, often expounds that real difference between Mary and Martha was that, in though situations, Martha always got up in Jesus’ face but Mary always got down HIs feet. Even when her own brother died she had questions for Jesus and deep down felt He had not cared enough to get there on time, she still got down at His feet and worshipped Him. Her intimacy and relationship with Him reigned supreme in every situation.
You remember the Story in Mark 4:35 of how Jesus and His disciples were caught up in a raging storm. The disciples totally freaked out when they became fixed and focused upon the storm and the waves that were filling up their boat. In their terror, they finally turned away from the storm and focused their attention on Jesus who was calmly and peacefully sleeping. They woke Jesus up and said, “Don’t you care that we are going to die.” You see, they were consumed with two feelings. One, they felt like they were not going to make it. Two, they felt like Jesus did not care. As we know, both feelings were wrong. Jesus was not hysterical. He was not nervous. He never carried around a bottle of Maalox in the vest pocket of his robes. He is the Captain of the seas. He speaks and the storm is over. When Jesus is around, peace returns with one word.
Today, you may be facing a horrendous storm in your life. Lately, you may be questioning God as to HIs whereabouts. Please know that He is always right in the middle of your every situation. He will make a way when there seems to be no way. Instead of questioning God and focusing on the storm, lift your voice in praise and come to HIs feet in worship. Right now, allow Him to speak peace to the raging storm in your life. I assure you this will pass and the sun will shine again. Yes, I will bless the Lord at all times. No matter what comes or doesn’t comes my way, His praise shall continually be in my mouth. It’s not a feeling, it’s a decision.