The Power of Praising in Your Pain.
One of the believer’s greatest weapons is joy and peace and great faith in the trying times. What better kind of message does it send a world that does not know such joy and stability then when we who have in Christ defy the natural response to pain and difficulty?
Acts 16:25-34 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
The culminating events led this jailor who had seen them in the dungeon be saved and receive Christ as His personal Lord and Savior.
He must have been baffled and thought, “They are praising a God who allowed this to happen to them? And they are not depressed and discouraged?”
He most likely mulled over the thought for a while till the earth quake became the straw that broke his hardened heart. He saw his need for a savior through these men’s bold endurance in the face of suffering.
None of us enjoy hurting, I do not enjoy where I am at since I feel like I have lost friends and made many enemies, I am also facing a few other things I cannot mention and I am going through an ordeal of “fire” but I have faith in a God who is bigger then my pain or problems. I miss my friend who died last year of cancer, I do not have a huge list of people like Brian was. I feel under attack from a lot of people I love, yet I am as David says, “Confident I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”
Why am I sharing these things? I do not want to be the central focus but I am being held together by God’s presence and goodness. If these things had happened to me in years prior I would be another statistic of suicide. However, praise God I am not. He is the only person I have been able to not feel attacked by lately.
God can help us through our struggles and use it for good.