Will you Praise Him?
By Audrey Botts
It is so easy to praise God when life is good and things are going our way, but do you still praise Him the same when difficulties arise in life?
Last year my step- son was experiencing gastric and esophageal pain that was uncharacteristic of your average indigestion. My husband was concerned, so he took action immediately… he knew all too well what these symptoms could lead to if he wasn’t pro-active in our son’s health. My step-son’s mother, passed away at the age of 36. She died of Esophageal cancer. Her cancer went undetected for a few years before they discovered it.
Needless to say, we made an appointment with a Gastroenterologist. The Doctor performed an endoscopy, where she discovered a huge mass in our son’s trachea. The doctor believed it was cancer and sent it out for Pathology consultation. My husband’s worst nightmare came to haunt him once again. We were so scared of losing our son, he was only 20 years old.
Questions were racing through my mind. How would my husband cope with another tragedy? He not only lost his former wife from cancer, but he lost his daughter in an accident shortly after. We needed divine intervention…we needed a miracle!
We contacted our church that day and immediately had our prayer warriors interceding for us. We cried out to Jesus and prayed for our son’s life. The next day we got the Pathology report. We held our breath as we listened to the doctor say…the mass in his trachea was benign! Praise God!
This year our son went in for his one -year checkup and there was no sign of the prior mass anywhere in his esophagus. God is good.
We are told to in 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
I am so grateful for the blessing we received, but I couldn’t help but wonder, what if our son did have cancer? Would I still be able to praise God under the circumstances? I thought of other families who were currently suffering from their misfortunes and I felt sorrow for them. Why do they have to suffer?
Then I read this scripture where it is clear the Lord tells us that we are to have an attitude of joy, thanksgiving, and prayer at all times… no matter what the conditions or circumstances are that surround us.
This verse does not mean that we are to thank God for bad things and tragedies that come our way. It means that we are to remain joyful no matter what is happening in our lives because we have the Lord, and in Him we shall overcome no matter what is thrown our way.
If this sounds too difficult to do, I can relate to your feelings. Praise Him anyway and experience the peace that’s worth more than gold.