Post Mortem

Praise in Difficult Times

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 4/4/2020 1:48:46 PM IST

 Praise the Lord!       Praise the Lord!      Praise the Lord!

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” (Mark 14:26)
It is easy to praise God in good times but very often praising God becomes hard when one is confronted with difficult circumstances and challenges in life. What should be the response or attitude of Christians during these difficult times? Should they complain and criticise God for the bad situation they are in? Or should they seek God’s will and praise God for the victory that awaits them by obeying His will. 
Let us look at the response of God’s people in the Old Testament and New Testament, when they faced trying times. In the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 20), King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah faced a seemingly insurmountable enemy who was determined to destroy them. Yet, as they sought after God’s will through earnest fasting and prayer and reclaimed the promises God gave to their forefathers, God assured them victory over their enemies. God said, “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 20:17). In response, King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah believed God. Their army was led by singers offering praises to the Lord for their promised victory, and the victory came. 
In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus Christ, before He went to Gethsemane and to the cross, where God’s greatest victory was about to be accomplished, insisted that His disciples should sing a hymn of praise to God (Mark 14:26) because their praise looked beyond the Cross to God’s ultimate victory. This victory was accomplished in the spirit at the garden of Gethsemane when our Lord Jesus Christ prayed and completely surrendered Himself to the will of His Father. Praise preceded victory for God’s people in biblical times because, their praise was not rooted in circumstances of the moment but in the nature and trustworthiness of God.
What should be the response of the Nagas as God’s people in these difficult times when we are faced with the uncertainty of our political solution coupled with this problem of global Pandemic disease (COVID- 19)? Let us not lose heart but follow biblical examples of God’s people. 
Like King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah (2 Chronicles 20: 13), let all the Nagas young and old, educated and uneducated, rich and poor, employed and unemployed and all the national workers stand before the difficult situation. During this holy week, let us devote our time to fasting and prayer and be assured of victory for the Naga nation. Let us also like our Lord Jesus individually surrender our lives completely to the will of God our Father, so that, our personal victory can be assured.  As we continue to focus on God’s nature, trustworthiness and faithfulness and not on our circumstances, let us praise God for the Political Solution that we are about to receive according to His will and also for His assured protection against the prevailing Pandemic disease (COVID-19) because Nagas are “For Christ People.” Let us put our complete trust in the same God who said to King Jehoshaphat “…do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s…stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.” (2 Chronicles 20:15 -17).
Their praises preceded their victory, Let our praises also precede our Victory, so that together we can sing like the Israelites “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever” (2 Chronicles 20:21). Wishing one and all a blessed and meaningful Holy week.  Praise the Lord!
Ikato Chishi Swu, General Secretary, CNC

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