Responding to Trials with Worship
Worshipping is not the first thing we really think of when we are going through a difficult experience. But I was really struck when I was reading Job the other day, that he was told that his children were all dead, his servants were dead, and his animals were gone, and what was his response? He fell to the ground and worshipped.
I just thought, wow, I’ve got a long way to go! My first reaction to something difficult is to try to get through whatever is happening, then to try to respond rightly rather than feeling sorry for myself… but worship? That’s more what I do when I’m happy and thanking God!
But I think God is teaching me something here, because these last two weeks I have been struggling with children getting up in the night and getting a lot less sleep than usual. As a result I sleep later, then everything falls behind, and then I get stressed or discouraged because I can’t everything done.
So the other day I was struggling with feelings of tiredness and discouragement, and in my kitchen I turned my worship music on as I often do in that kind of situation. Nothing really changed though… until I started singing. Gradually I felt my mood change – my spirits started to lift, and I started to focus more on God because I was singing about Him.
Now I understand more why we are encouraged to sing: