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When hard times come, do you praise the Lord? To be honest, “blessed be Your name” can be hard to say when we don’t understand our struggles.
Several years ago, our church sang Matt Redman’s “Blessed Be Your Name” fairly often. The song talks about praising the Lord when things are good and when they’re not.
When everything is going well, it’s easy to praise the Lord. After all, He’s blessing us! But when everything falls apart and we are overwhelmed by it all, it’s hard to find the blessing in it.
As a single mom of young children, that song choked me up. Sometimes I had to simply say the words, or even just mouth them. I was very aware of the fact that blessing His name was a choice I was making. It wasn’t something I glibly said because life was good. It was something I chose to say because I knew the truth. I knew God loved me, even if I was too overwhelmed to feel it.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Just as choosing to bless His name is a decision we make, choosing to seek Him is up to us. There are many options to occupy our time. We have time wasters as well as ministry opportunities, and everything in between. But serving others can be just as fruitless as watching television if it keeps us from seeking the Lord.
If we choose to seek Him, we will find Him! What a comforting promise that is. We don’t have to seek in just the right place, or in just the right manner. We simply have to seek Him.
In those times when we’re distractedly busy, or those times when it’s tough, or times when the sun is shining, we need to seek Him. And we will find Him!
It all begins with a choice. We have that choice every day. Will we seek Him? Will we say, “Blessed be Your name”? Or will we allow the distractions and discouragements of this world to draw us away from Him?
What choice are you making today?