If God never blesses again, will you still praise him?

Oh friend, do I have a special treat for you today!!! My friend Amber, of   offered to share some thoughts on God's blessings. Her processing is so beautiful, and such a wonderful thought to ponder in our own lives. It's challenging, but oh, so good! Without further ado...

I will remember the deeds of the Lord, yes I will remember Your wonders of old. 
Psalm 77:11 (esv)

Earlier this summer God asked me a question that stopped me in my tracks. You see, I have been praying for a certain blessing for a while now, He asked me – if He never blessed me again would I still praise Him. I think as a whole we American Christians can get caught up in the next big blessing God has for us and forget what He has already done.

It took me a while to answer that question, “God I want xyz so badly...could I really praise you if you never blessed me again?” Friends, it goes against God's nature NOT to bless us – I don't for a moment think that He was telling me He would not come through on this but rather to get my focus off that one blessing and onto what all He has already done for me. I can trust Him because He has already done so much.

When walking through a trial we can be quick to forget what God has already done for us. I am reminded of the Israelite people in the old testament. God provided for them time and time again, however when the next trial arose they all but forgot God's previous works on their behalf. We are quick to do the same thing today.

You see, our flesh fights against trials, we don't like them. We go into panic mode and forget that we serve a mighty God that is able to move heaven and earth on our behalf. He allowed the sun to stand still for Joshua, what has He done for you?

When walking through a trial, the most crucial thing we can do (other than of course trusting God) is recalling the work He has previously done. Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be Strong and courageous do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you He will not leave you or forsake you”.

I love the story Corrie Ten Boom tells of her father walking her through a fear in her life.

"Corrie, when you and I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket?"

"Why, just before we get on the train."

"Exactly. And our wise Father in heaven knows when we're going to need things too. Don't run out ahead of Him. When the time of need comes, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need -- just in time."

You see friend, we can trust God to come through at just the right moment. It is when we run out ahead of God that we get in trouble. God wants us to wait on Him, and what better way to wait than to recall His mighty deeds. This act of faith builds our faith and trust in God. Also, it frees us from stress when we lay our problem in God's hand and trust Him to come through just as He has in the past.

Now, when I am going through a trial I try and remember things God has done in my life to show His faithfulness. It could be as small as allowing me my next breath (which truly isn't small – we take a lot for granted) all the way to how He has provided for us in other areas of life. There is something in all of our lives that we can use as a compass to point back to God and His love for us.

Another thing we can do is look for people who have walked through the same thing we find ourselves facing and read their stories. When I was pregnant with my son and having a few complications, it helped to read people who had walked through the same complications and gone on to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. That is God's faithfulness at work. Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we
can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Amber is writing to us from her home in Montana. Momma to an active toddler-boy and wife to her engineer/rancher husband. She spends her days doing her best to embrace the “grand adventure” of life. Her blogging mission is to inspire others to live a more passionate and joy filled life, centered around the true source of joy, Jesus Christ.
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Isn't that beautiful? No matter what we may be facing, how hopeless our trial may feel, God WILL come through for us. It might not be the same way we want or expect him to, but he will come through in the absolute best way for us.