From the Pastor’s Heart
Who could have imagined we’d ever be restricted as we are now due to the coronavirus health crisis? This “new normal” brings isolation, frustration, loneliness, and a sense of helplessness. Added to this is the uncertainty about how long these restrictions will last. How long will we have to wait before this is all over?
If we begin to feel overwhelmed, we can pause to reflect on reasons we have to praise God. A praise song we’ve sung recently reminds us—“You're rich in love and You're slow to anger, Your name is great and Your heart is kind, For all Your goodness I will keep on singing, ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.” Here are five basic reasons to praise God.
We can praise God for an audience with the King. Our Heavenly Father never rejects our sincere prayers. When we confess our wrongdoing, God cleanses our soul. When we cry out in desperation, God pays attention.
We can praise God for joy greater than any earthly happiness. Content with blessings, we are genuinely rich. Trusting the Lord, we have out-of-this-world peace.
We can praise God for supernatural assistance. If we look up instead of around, trouble will not get us down. Here’s a good formula to remember: J + AP = V [Jesus plus Any Problem equals Victory].
We can praise God for being our Travel Companion on rough roads. God does something better for us than remove our problems—God refines our character as He walks with us through problems.
We can praise God for the honor of serving the God of Truth and Love. With all His heart, God loves us—in response, we are called to love God the same way. By grace, let’s persevere as Christ’s ambassadors of hope to this anxious world.
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)
Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church
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