Hallelujah Anyway: Re-Visited

24th August

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them!”

Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Today’s key verse completely sums up the “Hallelujah Anyway” statement. For if we know that God is in control then what is the need to worry. Worrying puts us in the position of God and takes away the trust we have in God to help us through our situations. Interestingly the NLT version of this verse varies slightly from others. More often than not we hear the version that says “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…..”, however this version claims that “God causes everything to work together…”. The focus varies from things changing to God working. The emphasis is not on our circumstances but on God, the author of life. It is God who is working in our lives to resolves all things for His glory.

Sometimes it might not be that the situation or problem changes as YOU might like, but what is guaranteed is the fact, that whatever the problem, God will make good from a challenging situation in accordance with His perfect will for your life. It takes faith to trust Him but the benefit is we allow God to work and don’t try to fix things in our strength! Moreover, whatever the result, if we know God is in control, we can say with full assurance, “Hallelujah Anyway”!

Whatever you face today, take courage that God is at work in your situation if you allow Him in. Shout out that no matter what happens in your day “Hallelujah Anyway!!!”

Sharing In The Pain

23rd August

When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and travelled from their homes to comfort him and console him…they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to Job, for they saw that his suffering was too great for words.

Job 2:11,13

Why as Christians do we always think we need to give an answer to someone that is suffering? Although our intentions may be well meaning, sometimes, reeling off a long list of Bible verses and words of encouragement, aren’t always the best way to show support. Perhaps, as Job’s friends initially did, say nothing.

Sometimes, when we are going through heartache that is too great for words, all we need is an arm around us, silent prayer warriors supporting us, and the comfort of friends grieving and sharing in our pain. That is not to say that we should not try to help our friends out of the sorrow they face, but rather it is in asking God for wisdom, when to speak and when to remain silent.

If you see a friend suffering, get alongside them and support them. Don’t feel you need to shower them with words, but let your solidarity and support in standing with them, be more powerful than the most eloquent words you can speak. Moreover, pray, for them, and pray for the right timing to speak and the right timing to be silent. We all need Godly friends.