Praise Him in the Storm
It is easy to worship God, when everything is going well. It's easy to praise God for new jobs, health, wealth, good friends and family. What about when things don't go so well? Often we come across certain unexpected storms in our life. Storms create panic and uncertainty. Life seems bitter and meaningless. Bible teaches us to praise God in times of storms.
The Death of David's Son (2 Samuel 12:14-31)
While David was flourishing as a king, he came across an unexpected storm. 15And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
17And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
18And it came to pass on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and went to the house of the lord and worshipped God. I think this is Praising God in the storm. If I was in the place of David I would have never praised God at that time. He lost his son after 7 days of Fast.
Praising God in storm proves our faith in the verse Romans 8:28.
Job's Loss in Life (Job 1:6-22)
Job lost everything - cattle, servants, sons and daughters - in a single day. But still he woke up fell to the ground in worship. I do not think there is anyone else in the world who has gone through such a difficult situation like job. If he is able to worship even at such a situation, surely we too could do!
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship.
22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
God rewarded Job with double blessing after the Storm.
Paul and Silas in Prison (Acts 16:16-31)
23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.
38The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.
Paul and Silas fulfilled a greater purpose by sharing gospel to the jailer and his family.
The message is clear. Walk by faith and not by sight. Trust God and praise Him irrespective of the circumstance.
Proverbs 23:18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.