We’ve all been there. Those times in life when it seems that there couldn’t possibly be even one more trial to hit. And, of course, it usually does. Have you ever noticed that in those moments of life we can take on the appearance of a chronic whiner? You know the kind of person I’m talking about. I’ve been one of them before. These are people who usually really do have constant, legit, painful circumstances in their life. It seems as if they can never catch a break. But even as born-again believers, they fall victim to allowing their negative circumstances to completely blind them from view of the plethora of blessings God has provided.
Check out this passage in the book of James.
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. James 5:13-15 (NLT)
Wherever we find ourselves in different moments of life, James says its never acceptable to cruise through. God is always active in us, therefore, we should be also! Is your life, for lack of a better word, pretty crappy. Then actively pray…or have other believers pray with and for you. On the contrary, is your life so blissful and easy at the moment that its even hard to imagine Heaven being any better? Then actively ‘sing praises!’
I’m not minimizing the effects of chronic physical pain, the loss of a loved one, or even depression. But let’s not forget….God IS bigger than all of these! He really is.
Do you believe this? Or have you allowed something in your life to render God shackled and helpless? If the second of these is true for you, give it to Jesus today.
Last thought: Ask yourself, “What is one blessing you have from God that you can notice today?”
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