There is a place of waiting, believing and praising God in between the problem and the promise. Living in that place of uncertainty is well known territory for followers of Jesus. Learning to endure times of waiting for God’s answers is not comfortable but this is where faith sustains us and where praising God creates a gateway for Him to enter difficult circumstances.
“...you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise” (Isa 60:18 NIV). Praising God in times of uncertainty makes a powerful statement of a faith that endures. No one is surprised when we praise God during the good times but when our praise continues during difficulties, people take notice. Acts 16:25 is a perfect example of this. After Paul and Silas had been unlawfully arrested, beaten and thrown in prison we are told “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”
We are encouraged to endure, to stand fast in times of uncertainty because it produces something of great value. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
Praise is the gateway for God to complete His good work in us and it creates a way for him to enter and bring positive change to the most negative circumstances. The book of Revelation speaks about the gates to the heavenly city: “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl” (Rev 21:12). Rev. Amos reminded us that pearls are created because of difficult, irritating conditions inside the oyster and God creates beauty causing us to shine as we praise Him in the storms of life.
Uncertain times never last but people with endurance do! Be encouraged precious child of God, a great reward awaits those who do not give up. “In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation” (I Peter 5:10).
Rejoicing in a faith built to last!