Look with me, if you would, to the life of Abram (not yet Abraham) Genesis 12 and 13. At this point, he is responding to God’s call to leave his country and follow Him. Abram has yet to become a father. His nephew, Lot, goes with him on this strange and special journey; and we can imagine that the bond they have formed is a close one. And then, in Genesis 13, conflict strikes and the pair separates.
Abraham is probably wondering, “How did we get here?”
Can you relate? I know I can.
Imagine with me:
One moment, I was following God’s call on my life. I was acting in obedience and taking a confident leap of faith. The next, something seems to be falling apart. Something that was once very good has since lost its color, and it has fallen apart before me. Did I do this, or did they? God, are you doing this?
God has called me, and allowed me to walk right into this situation that I cannot comprehend. I know in all things that He is teaching me, and molding me more into His likeness. But in this? I may be feeling any number of emotions: frustration, confusion, disappointment, anger, heartbreak.
Can I still worship? Yes. With a heart that recognizes and acknowledges who God is, I can respond in worship. This can take place in all situations, in all emotional conditions.
That sounds nice, and it is easy enough to do when things are going well. But how do I practically do that when I am upset?
Meditate on and pray His Word. Direct your focus to God’s character, and worship Him acknowledging both who He is and what you are walking in. Lace the two pieces together with His Word.
I might particularly draw focus to is His bigness and my smallness.
God, thank You that Your ways are higher than my ways, and Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I am thankful to have a God that knows and understands every situation. I am thankful to know that I am not seeing the whole picture here, but that You are.
I may focus in on a promise of Scripture.
God, I thank You that You use Your knowledge and power to work for the good of those that love You and are called according to Your purpose. What others purpose for evil, you purpose for good.
I may pray a specific Proverb or Psalm.
Father, I choose to trust Your track record. I choose not to lean on my own understanding of this event, but to press instead into You and cooperate while You to work in me and in all the others that are involved. I will not demand to see a certain result, but will remember that Your plan is better and fuller than mine.
The opportunities for worship that He gives us in His Word are numerous. I have found that once the ball gets rolling, it gains momentum. Worship breeds worship, even and especially in the hard situations.