115: In all things

James 5:13

“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.”

We’ve heard it time and time again, to praise God in the high places and pray for strength in the low. But this morning the Lord is pressing on my heart the flat times, the seasons of life where nothing seems to be happening, either good or bad.

You just feel like you’re on a treadmill, you keep moving but you’re not getting anywhere. The moments where you aren’t in the desert or the oasis, but somewhere in between. When we know we are on the path to the future God has laid out for us, but we feel stuck in the same old tired routine.

It’s a strange season to be in, but our call hasn’t changed according to where we are or how we feel. In all things, our lives are supposed to point people back to the Lord. We turn the Gospel message from theocentric¬†(about God) to¬†egocentric (about me) when we limit our praises and prayers to particular seasons.

Praise Him in the storms and in the sun! Pray for His will and strength in the valleys and on the mountain tops. Worship His Name even when you feel stuck and uncertain. Talk with Him in the moments where you can feel His presence and the times where you feel alone. Our intimacy with Him should never be dependent on our circumstances or our emotions.

He is Creator God no matter what situation is thrown our way. He never changes, and His worthiness will never dissolve.

Today I encourage you to prayerfully inspect your season in life and resolve to honor Him regardless of whether you find yourself on the peak, the side, or the base. Continue pushing forward because He is so deserving of all the honor and all the glory.

Amen.

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