“Will You Still Praise Him?”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 62:5-8 NIV
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the 2006 movie of “Facing The Giants”? In the movie, a football coach of a Christian school is faced with many challenges, one of which is he and his wife cannot have children. They are considerably hurt and frustrated over this, but they choose to trust in God no matter what He brings to their lives. In one scene, the husband says, “If you don’t want me to have children, so be it. I will still trust in You”. Then, toward the end of the movie, the wife goes for one more pregnancy test at the clinic and says, “I will still trust in You”.
In both situations, the husband and wife both put their trust completely in God even if things don’t come out the way they hope and pray for them to. I’ve been thinking about that scene lately and just how things happen in life. When things go good and prayers are answered in ways that please us, we’re happy. However, when God doesn’t move in certain ways or keeps us from certain things that end up confusing us, the question is will we still trust in Him?
God is our refuge and our strength no matter what is happening in our lives, good or bad. He often does things we don’t understand and we must learn to totally trust Him even when life just doesn’t make any sense. And, often times, it won’t.
The times that I have found to be most frustrating is when it feels like nothing at all is moving forward and it seems God is not leading or opening any doors of opportunity. Even thought we know we should trust Him, it’s often very hard to do and we get angry with Him. It’s in these times that we must hold firm to the faith we have and believe with all our hearts that He is still working even if we cannot feel it. He is always working and He will lead and guide.
What’s most important is for us to keep our minds and hearts open at all times to His leading. He knows exactly what He’s doing and we just have to be still and trust. I want to encourage each of you who are experiencing frustrating right now to hold on and trust always. He is always on the move and working and most likely in ways you don’t see and don’t understand.
Trust and continue to praise Him.