Praise in the Storm

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A pastor shared with us many years ago that who we are at home is the reality of who we are in the Lord. Talk about a statement that will make you stop and examine your life and heart; that one statement did. “Who I am at home is who I really am in the Lord!” We all put on our public face and want people to see us as a nice person, a good person who loves the Lord. Others should always see us as smiling and ready to face the world.

Yet, often we are facing problems in our marriage or on the job. Maybe there are problems at school or within your family. And like all people when we are facing trials, too often we allow the issues to affect our outlook and attitude. We struggle to maintain our composure to the world but at home it’s an entirely different thing. We might fuss and fume with everyone, or perhaps becoming moody and withdrawn. Others might become snappy or as they say in the south “they are ill as a rattlesnake.”

It is at those times that we need to press into the Lord more than ever. Why, because we need a touch from the Lord. We need to lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross and allow the Lord to minister to our need. And if we are honest with our self, need an attitude adjustment. Yes, just like we tell our children, we are in desperate need to change our attitude.

Life is often not fair. Things do not always go our way. We make mistakes, unwise choices, and face it – we can make the biggest mess of our life. Other times the hardships come through the actions of others. Many are like the prodigal and run this way and that and then when we are face down in pig slop we remember the goodness of our Father’s house. I have been there and if most people are honest; they have too.

But like the prodigal, we can turn and return back to the Lord. We can see His face and His forgiveness. And like the prodigal’s father in the Scripture, when his father saw his wayward son coming down that road, he ran! Picture that for a moment. But put yourself in that place. You have made all the right moves according to the world and yet you know deep inside that your heart is not where it should be in the Lord. You have struggled and slipped far away from the Lord. Now, you are at the end of your rope, you are struggling with life in general and you know you need to come home. You need a touch from the Lord. As you turn back to Him, He runs to embrace you. You have traveled so far away from where you were and where you want to be and He is running to you!

Will you return the embrace? Will you confess your faults, mistakes and sins and seek forgiveness? Will you face the truth that your choices have left you tired, filthy and stinking? Yes, look in that spiritual mirror and see the reality of who the Lord sees. Remember that no matter what we try to hide to others or even our self, the Lord sees the truth. Yes, He sees the truth and has known it for ages. He sees all those little nooks and crannies where we hide our secrets. And in spite of the truth, He runs to us. He runs to embrace us and welcome us back into His arms.

No matter what is happening, the Lord is still worthy. He is worthy of praise and worship for all the mercy and grace He has shown to us. No matter how bad things seem, He is deserving of every word and action we offer up to Him. Let your heart rejoice like Habakkuk in the face of adversity and become all the Lord desires for your life. Habakkuk 3:17-18 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

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