Praise You In this Storm

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I am a strong believer in the power of sharing a testimony. I have seen first-hand the immense impact stories have made on my life and the far reaching capacity of providing evidence of God moving in a heart and life …to comfort and encourage others. So I want to be honest with you now and say that I wasn’t always the way that I am, and by sharing this I am saying that my eyes were not always opened to the truth and extent of God’s love.

For a large portion of my life though I believed in Jesus and was compelled by His story, I lived under the false belief that He did not care about the difficulty of my circumstances. That He must not care about me because I continued to suffer. How could he understand my pain? How could He understand my hurt? If you are living under the LIE that Jesus does not care about you and your circumstances I want to speak truth into your life and say that Jesus both cares about you and understands every heart ache, every tear and every sorrow you have EVER endured. How do I know this? Because He showed me.

You say that Jesus does not understand physical pain? He hung on a cross with nails driven into His hands and feet. You say that He does not understand betrayal? He was mocked, and abandoned by His followers in His most apparent time of need. You say that He does not understand bullying? He was ridiculed despite Him being the true Son of the Living God. If one element of this sticks with you, let it be this: Jesus understands and cares for you personally!

I have been led to a particular passage regarding the death of Jesus’ friend, Lazarus.

John 11:32-36 “32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

The story continues as Jesus calls out to Lazarus from the tomb, and Lazarus is raised to life. But before this happens and before He weeps, Jesus tells Martha, Lazarus’ sister, that Lazarus will rise again. Despite Him knowing the future and despite Him revealing truth to Martha about her brother’s impending awakening, in the moment when Jesus sees His friends troubled and upset, He too weeps, because He felt their pain. He understood their sorrow. He cared about them.

When Jesus sees you suffer He understands your pain, better than anyone else can and He cares about it. Think on this: He gave you the capacity to feel, so He Himself feels more deeply than anyone. Jesus feels your pain, He understands your hurt. And He will use every difficulty you have ever faced to show His glory so that you may experience the grace and goodness and mercy of God, and so that through your difficulty you will have a story to share with others regarding the evidence of God’s faithfulness in your life. In the mean time, Praise Him in your storm, for He is good and His love and care for you endures forever!

Psalm 136:1

“1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.”

NOTE: I do not own this video
“Praise You in this Storm” Casting Crowns
I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

Chorus:
I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

Chorus:

(2x’s)
I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of Heaven and Earth

Chorus:

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