Summary: In this life we will have trouble, but we must learn to praise God no matter what. We must learn to praise him through the storm.
Praise God Through The Storm
(Play “Praise You In The Strom-Casting Crowns” before sermon)
Every Christian will face a storm at one point or another in their life. It would be easy to turn our backs or blame God during the storm. We must learn to praise God through all storms of life.
We choose ourselves whether or not to worship God.
-Free will/willing subjects are better servants
-God desires a relationship with us
14 You must worship no other gods, but only the Lord, for he is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you.
We choose to worship and praise even in the storms of life.
Ask 2 questions of God in the storm.
1 “Help me out of this situation”
2 “Help me learn from this trial”
There is a purpose for every storm we face, no matter how subtle it may be
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Should life be easy if God loves us?
Nothing in life creates more deep seated anxieties than the false assumption that life should be free from anxieties and problems. We will have problems in our lives
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Enduring storms builds enduring spirits and keeps us focused on our future
16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.
Trials can be brought on by God or by Satan
8 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.”
9 Satan replied to the Lord, “Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason! 10 You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! 11 But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face”
God allowed Satan to put Job to the test. Could we have past the same test?
(Lost Family, House, Physical Suffering, Financial Hardship)
Even though he endured much, Job was able to praise God
20 Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground before God. 21 He said,
“I came naked from my mother’s womb,and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The Lord gave me everything I had, and the Lord has taken it away.
Praise the name of the Lord!” 22 In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God.
The Devil seeks to destroy your place of worship and your peace, Rejoice in your suffering-it means you are on the right path and he is scared!