Saturday, April 21, 2007

Praise Him in the Storm

Recently, we bought a Casting Crown CD and one of our favorite songs is, "Praise You Through This Storm." Oh, how this song speaks volumes to me.

How many times have you prayed to be delivered from a situation, or for God to help you through it? You pray and pray and pray and it seems like the situation is going on forever, and even getting worse? The harder you pray, the harder it gets. I've been there.

It's taken me some time in my walk with God, but I've learned that there are some obstacles and situations that we are going to have to walk through. There is no going around it, under it, over it, or avoiding it. This is like Paul's thorn in the side and God said, "My grace is sufficient for you." This means lean on Me, seek Me, pray to Me, let Me be the God I Am in your life. Keep praising Me and believing My Word and I WILL get you through this -- whatever this is.

It reminds me of my favorite poem, "Footprints in the Sand." When we finally "walk through" the situation and look back we see only one set of footprints and we wonder where was God through all of that? Yet, we know we made it through. We are on the other side to prove it. God is saying those are MY footprints. I CARRIED you through it.

Don't be afraid to step out on faith on the path to your spiritual destiny. God has already ordained your path. Just move forward and He'll take care of the rest. It's okay to fall and crawl on your hands and knees. You have a heavenly Father that will pick you up and carry you. Let Him.

While God is the same yesterday, today and forever more, we are not the same. He is perfect so He doesn't change. We are imperfect and we MUST change. This means He will allow you to walk through obtacles, situations, and valleys to change you for the better and to make you grow up in Christ. How do you know you'll handle a situation a certain way if you haven't been through it? This is why I firmly believe that some pastors and ministers can go through pastoral educations and get all the degrees they want, but there is nothing like God's school of life. Until you pass God's exams, you aren't ready for the responsibility He's about to bless you with.

God is about to take you to the next level on your path to Christ. Don't try to avoid it. Don't dread it. Don't concentrate on the growing pains through it. Keep your focus on Him. Keep praying. Keep praising Him. Keep reading His word. Keep going. You WILL get there and then the blessing of that new level you've accomplished will be there waiting for you. Go, and don't stop.

This includes your writing path. Write one word at a time and don't concentrate on how slow you might be going. Just do it.

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
1 Peter 5:8-10

3 comments:

  1. Jennifer~
    Casting Crowns is my favorite band. There are several awesome songs, but I am with you about "PRAISE YOU THROUGH THIS STORM". Sometimes, I will actually lift a hand up ~ and I'm usually driving ~ when he starts to sing the chorus. I have started a wish list of must have CDs and this is at the top.

    Great post, it spoke to me too.

    Christy

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  2. I love the Casting Crowns CD, too. I bought it after I heard the son Does Anybody Hear (Her)? not exactly sure of the name, but I think you know which one I'm talking about. And I do like Praise You in This Storm, too. Really the whole Cd is great.
    And I believe God puts us through storms...to make us stronger, to put us in positions to help others later on. God will give us nothing we can't handle...if we rely on Him.

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  3. I love Casting Crowns. I've felt like that song tells the story of my teens and twenties. Anyway, I think God must be carrying me daily because I'm still here:-)
    Angie

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