Some Basics to Keep in Mind in the Storm
“But they soon forgot what [God] had done…” (Psalm 106:13 NIV)
After years of counseling people, and judging by my own experience, I know that there are difficult seasons and moments we go through in life. It’s frightening and stressful to go through that valley, that storm, that raging sea. Sometimes our circumstances overwhelm us; and we're tempted to feel sorry for ourselves, asking, “Why me, Lord?” When we're facing tough situations, there are some basics that we should keep in mind.
First, it is important to remember, even when we’re going through something, that we have to have a thankful heart. No matter how negative our present circumstances might be, there are others who are going through so much more. More importantly, there are blessings we have in the midst of our difficult situation that are unacknowledged by us when we’re having a pity party. Let’s come to the Lord with our burden today; but let’s not come looking down. The answer is not in the carpet; it’s in looking up to the heavens and thanking God, saying, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of his benefits” (Psalm 103:2)!
We also have to remind ourselves of the many times God has helped us in the past. Will he not help us again? In the Old Testament, we read that God was not pleased when his people, facing a new set of circumstances, would grumble and complain and forget how God had met them so many times before. Let’s not do the same today. Instead, let’s pray: We thank you and we praise you, Lord! You help us when we’re in trouble, and you provide for us every day. You helped us in the past, and you will help us again! We commit our way to you and our situation to you today. Glory to your name, Lord! We pray in Jesus' name, Amen!