The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. – Job 1:21
It happens often. A football player scores the game-winning touchdown, a basketball player makes a miracle shot to win the game, etc. and during the post-game interview you hear him say, “Praise God.” What we don’t hear often from the losing team or the player who missed the game-winning shot is – “Praise God.” We are all ready to praise God when the sun shines, but what do we do when the skies of life are overcast or stormy?
It isn’t easy. Common sense tells us to act differently, and it is difficult when we are in the depths of sorrow, or when dark shadows approach, to still praise God. But consider the possibility that fear, affliction, pain, and trembling awe are as sure tokens of love as health, joy, and home. Consider what can be amiss with such a soul that it still is full of praise when the brain tells it that it has been abandoned. A soul that can praise God during the worst of times is in complete harmony of spirit.
Try in all the changes of your up and down life to allow your soul to sing out in praise.