Under the Circumstances

Perhaps you have tried to contact God through prayer when your burdens seem more than you can handle. You waited for some measure of comfort. You need courage and strength, instead you feel disappointed and helpless.

What was the trouble? Did God fail you in your hour of need? No, not that. Again and again he assures us that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Perhaps your mistake was in passively waiting for an answer. God answers every sincere prayer. We may be sincerely looking at our problems instead of praying sincere prayers. When he gives that answer we must be willing to follow through on his guidance even if it is exactly opposite of what we expect.

God speaks to us in many ways, chiefly he speaks through the Bible. That is why it is so important to concentrate on our study of Scripture. We will find an unexpected answer that will clear away dark clouds. We may inadvertently obscure our vision of him. We need to be brought to the glorious realization of the truth of his Scriptures and how precious are his words.

Psalm 50:15 reminds us, “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” We may not have any problem calling on him. We are so glad when he delivers us, but do we think to glorify him? Perhaps we were so focused on ourselves that we forget to focus on him. There is a reason that we call God Almighty. Likewise, there is a reason for us to glorify him in our lives.

In a day of trouble glorify him. Turn your eyes up to him. Some people say that they are trying their best under the circumstances. Believers who seek to glorify God in all situations are not under the circumstances. They are over the circumstances. This week regardless of any trouble in our lives let us focus on him in the darkness and sing praises to him exactly like Paul did when he was chained and in prison.

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