The Lord has told us repeatedly that the world holds trouble for us. Whether it is physical, spiritual, or financial we will face problems, whether they are ours or someone we love. Jesus rejoices in us when we persevere throughout. He rejoices in us when we count it all joy. Our faith grows by leaps and bounds when we face the trials head-on. We grow when we crumble under the weight and we cry out to the Lord. He hears us. He provides for us a place of refuge.
When our hearts are crushed with pain and we feel our prayers are not heard, the Lord is with us. We don’t always feel His arms around us. We fight against the pain and cry out against the confusion. Even Jesus cried out to His Father on the cross. He felt the loss when God turned away while Jesus carried the sins of us all. Jesus spiritual pain was deeper and wider than His physical pain because He had never felt separated from His Father until then.
When the enemy of our soul attacks, James tells us to resist him and he will flee. If we submit to the Lord, we will defeat the enemy’s plans for us. When we draw near to the Lord in prayer and praise and studying His word, we take our mind off of the circumstances and focus on the eternal. Praising the Savior of our souls is tough when we are in the midst of trials but if we remember Who is in charge, it’s easier.
Praise the Lord in the midst of your pain. He hears us when we call upon Him and He is faithful to answer us. Try praising Him even when it is the last thing you want to do. Try it His way and see His faithfulness.