Praise Him for Everything that Comes Your Way and I DO Mean Everything

November 13, 2013 at 8:11 AM 4 comments

We really have no reason not to praise Him for all things...I am to the point where I am praising God that I lost the recent election held here in the small town where we live. Does that mean I am glad that I lost? In a way. Does it mean that the outcome shows my opponent was God’s perfect choice and I wasn’t? Not at all. Does it mean that all things that were said and done brought glory to God? No.

Let me explain it this way. When a person wins an election, we tend to think that they were the better team or candidate. Many Christians (so-called) believe that if a specific candidate wins, then God was with that person. Obviously, to complete the thought, God was not with the loser. We can go through the Bible and show both examples though.

For instance, we know that God was with David long before he was chosen as Israel’s second king. David slew Goliath and King Saul became upset and jealous over it so much so that he tried to kill David several times. Eventually, God took Saul out, replacing him with David.

We see other examples though throughout the Hebrew Bible as well as into the New Testament that turn our understanding on its ear. Previously, I spoke of Paul and Silas being beaten and thrown in jail. Of course, let’s not forget that Jesus was taunted by many throughout His life, until He was unmercifully tortured and killed. Many saw that and thought He was getting what He deserved.

We believe failure goes only to the losers, to the ones that God does not support. Isn’t that the way we are taught to think in America?

I believe God’s will was done in my loss and I’m thankful for it. However, there was no real loss or win as far as God is concerned. There is simply God’s will being accomplished. For me, His will meant that I would not be elected. For my opponent, His will was that he would be elected. People often see the winner though as the one whom God has “blessed.” Odd, isn’t it, when we consider that the Scriptures are filled with examples of God’s will be accomplished in the midst of seeming failure?

Unfortunately, the average person (including the average Christian) does not look at things like this. For the average person, only those who “win” are seen as being victorious in Christ. Those who lose? Failures. They did not hear God correctly. They only thought they were directed by God but in reality, they missed the boat entirely.

I am beginning to see the whys and the wherefores of God’s will in my life as it pertains to my recent election loss. It’s interesting because the loss was originally a bit difficult to take and it wasn’t the loss itself. It was the fact that I felt I knew where God was directing me. I was wrong about that but that does not mean I was wrong about entering the race itself.

In the end, how should I react to this? If I say I am a Christian and if I believe that He is my Lord, then there is only one way I can and should react to this situation. With praise.

I am endeavoring to praise Him for His will, His purposes, His outcome, and His desire to work in and through me for His glory. It is almost too simple. I lost because that was God’s will. What were His purposes for me? Not too sure yet. But none of that stops me from praising Him, from offering heartfelt thanks to Him because even though I do not know of all His purposes for me to have run a campaign to be elected, He DOES and He will reveal them to me in His time and in His way.

God loves me. He lives within me. He is at work to recreate me into the glorious image of His beloved Son. How can this happen unless I give myself completely to Him in order that His purposes and will are accomplished in and through my life? If I resist His work in me, then I am resisting Him. By doing that, I am lying about the fact that He is my Lord as well as my Savior.

I don’t need to focus on what some of those who supported my opponent did and said to shed an ugly light on me. All I need to do is focus on God and His will for my life. I can never go wrong with that even if I fail to completely understand the whys and wherefores.

Praise, praise, praise. Then praise again. Keep it going because your spiritual life will soar to the heavens! We cannot praise Him enough.

Remember, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego praised God in the fiery furnace. Paul and Silas praised God though they were in jail and bound to stocks. Was what happened to them right in both instances? No! Of course not, yet they took what God brought to them and praised Him for it anyway even though they knew that death was certainly possible.

Praise Him for everything!

Let me leave you with two verses of Scripture that highlight this point.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

We can and should praise Him for all that life offers us because those verses tell us that this is God’s will for those of us who are “in Christ,” and we are also told that God will work all things out so that they wind up being good for authentic Christians.

In essence, we cannot lose, though it may appear to the world that this is exactly what has happened. We praise because He is worthy. We praise when we do not understand. We praise because He is God. That’s all we need.

Entry filed under: Religious - Christian - Theology, salvation.

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4 Comments

  • 1. jannab17  |  November 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Wow, what encouragement. Thank you Fred. Praise him regardless, no matter what. Why is that so hard to remember? We already won, no matter what happens.

    • 2. modres  |  November 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Thanks Janna.

      I’m convinced it is so hard to remember because it is the one thing that clearly (and easily) defeats the enemy. I think the more we praise, the more His power works mightily in and through us. Satan will do everything he can to keep that from happening, which is why we need to make it a habit to praise Him in all things.

  • 3. Terry Farrell  |  November 13, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    You may not have won the election Fred, but obviously the loss has taught you and me (through you blog) more about our walk with the Lord, to give thanks in all situations as you have outlined. God bless you as you faithfully proclaim His word as it relates to life.

    • 4. modres  |  November 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Thanks Terry for your kind words. I am getting into the habit of praising Him at the start of each day.


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