I just read a book in which Bill Johnson says, “Show me a person who is praising God before the answer comes and I will show you the person who is about to receive the answer.”
This can be a difficult concept to wrap our minds around. This would typically apply when we are facing some sort of trial. How are we to step outside of our circumstances enough to praise God before we have any idea how things are going to work out? It’s easy to praise God after we have the answer.
If we can truly start to believe the promise of Romans 8:28, “God works all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” we might be able to approach trials with a new perspective.
Last week we totaled our Buick. Everybody was ok and we are very thankful for that. We were down to one vehicle and we really need two at this point in our lives. We could have approached this from the position of fear and stress saying, “Oh no, what are we going to do?” or we could approach it saying, “God we look forward to how you are going to work this for our benefit.”
We chose the latter and two days later we were blessed with an incredible vehicle that fit our family’s needs perfectly (coming in way under budget) and we don’t think God is finished blessing us through this incident. Whenever we choose to approach trials in this way the fear and stress is gone and blessings flow.
But in order to approach issues this way we must truly believe a couple things. We must have a faith that leans our entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power (ability to do what needs to be done), wisdom (knowledge to do it when it needs to be done and how to do it) and goodness (His loving desire to work on our behalf) (Colossians 1:4 amplified). If we can grasp this then we can start praising God before the answer comes. We can trust Him because He loves us!
Now let me clarify that mourning definitely has its place in trials. If you’re not mourning loss you are denying your humanity. Praising God before the answer comes doesn’t mean we don’t mourn loss. We invite God to comfort us in our mourning (Matt 5:4) and look forward to what God is going to do for us moving forward.
Are you able to praise God before you have answers?