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Can we sing praise in times of suffering?

2018-03-28 09:45
Pastor’s letter (716) March 25 th 2018

Can we sing praise in times of suffering?

One pastor took the youth men up to the mountains and had a summer retreat. It was hot and rainy,
but it was a retreat filled with the love and grace of God. However, on the evening of the retreat, a man
took his son to visit the pastor’s house. According to him, his son was trouble maker. Even though, he
went to college, he made a trouble, and he did not called his father as a father. But, after his son went
to the retreat he bowed down to his father. “Father, I’ve been doing wrong. I am sorry that I have
deceived you and thank you for loving me, though.” When he heard this ‘How long did he hear that
father?’ so he cried and grabbed his son’s hand and came to the pastor. “Thank you, Pastor. I do not
know who God is yet, but form now on I will come out to the church following this child.” After that,
he attended church well.

What do parents want from their children? Do they want their children to earn a lot of money and be
good to their parents? Do they want success? Would not it be enough for a child to live happily and
say thank you to their parents? I think God is same. What does God lack about so that he wants gift
from us? God’s will for us is that we are always please and thankful for all things.

However, the problem is that we can usually do that, but when there is difficult, when we encounter
hardship and adversity, can we give thanks or praise to God? It is the point. It’s not impossible, but it will
be so hard. If there is such faith, it will be a good Christian. Job was as riche as the wealth of the East. He
have achieved a harmonious home with ten siblings. One day, suddenly, the ten siblings who were
gathered in the house of the big son were killed and died because the house collapsed due to the typhoon.
How desperate was he? That sorrow and suffering would have been hard to bear. But the reaction he has
seen transcends our imagination. “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell
to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1: 20-21). In all
these difficulties, he did not committed sin nor blamed God foolishly. He praised God rather.

Paul and Silas were accused, arrested, stripped of clothes, and stabbed because they cured a demon
possessed girl. They even lost their mind for a few hours. But when they awoke at night, they sang songs of
praise to God, and the other prisoners heard that beautiful melody (Act 16). Jesus knew that he would
crucify and die next morning, but at the last dinner he blessed his disciples and gave thanks pray. After
this last supper, “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30).

☞ When you read this passage, What do you think of the reason that we praise God in times of suffering?