Praising Him in the Dark

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

I found these online and they are great motivators and reminders that believers in Christ are truly rewarded when they praise God through personal trials and tribulations. Of course, this is the hardest time to praise Him. For some, you may be better than I and stand firm and steadfast in your faith and praise during the low seasons. However, I am not one of them. Yet, when I get out of a “low season,” I feel that the clouds are finally leaving and I can see clearly again. It’s very strange, and then I find myself reading the Bible again, going to church more, and growing in my faith. Notice I said after I get out of a low season. I wish I could be one of the people who “praise Him in the dark” as they call it, but I am not yet one of these people. I can practice, though. Here are some verses to keep you going if you’re in a dark season. Prayers to you.

(from whatchristianswanttoknow.com)

James 1:2-4 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.

Psalms 119:71-72 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

Psalms 119:75-76 I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.

Romans 5:2-5 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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