I once read a quote that said, “Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover that He is the rock at the bottom”.
It’s short and sweet, but it has a deeper meaning too.
We tend to only consider God’s presence when something good is happening in our lives. Blessings, we believe, come from God and we thank him for them when we pray around our dinner tables or when we struggle to come up with something to say during prayer time at church.
We ask him to bless us, we thank him for the good things that we have in life.
Get this, we give glory to God when he does so in return for us. Doing well in school? God’s work. Job promotion, loving relationship? God’s doing. It is much to easy to cite him as the source of our blessings and accomplishments in life.
Yet when something bad happens and our world comes crashing down, the mindset switches.
Now if there is a death or a tragedy, we blame God. “How could you do this to me?” we ask through tears of pain. It is God’s fault and all the gratefulness and cries of praise vanish.
We don’t thank Him for the situation we are in, rather our view of his glory becomes quite the opposite.
It is a common misconception that life with God in it is great, and that life is easier and there is no pain.
Even though we know this to be true, most of the time we struggle to really believe that things could ever really get bad. But the Bible never promises that there will be no sorrow, no death, and no hurt. I have read enough of it to know this as fact. The point of pursuing a relationship with Him isn’t so that your life can be all ‘rainbows and butterflies’, but rather gives you the resources to trust that it will get better and that whatever God has planned for you is always going to help you.
It is ONLY, ALWAYS out of love.
So praise him in the storms of life!
Most people can see God working through life’s greatest moments, but can they see His desire to comfort us in sorrow?
If He is deserving of your love in the joyous times, He is deserving of it in the times where joy is hard to find too.
This is something we all struggle to remember sometimes, but God’s grace is proficient in that he reminds us as soon as we begin to slip away.
Your most profound and intimate experiences of worship will likely be your darkest days – when you feel abandoned, when you’re out of options, when the pain is great – and you turn to God alone” -Rick Warren