If we wait to praise… then our support will be few and far between.
Reference: “Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation.” Psalm 35:9 NIV
Explore: Parenting can be difficult and most parents want what’s best for their children. But there are times when we don’t realise that our words and actions are actually harmful to our children rather than motivating them to try harder.
Encouragement is so important to raising healthy children, but often we only see opportunity for judgment. If we wait to praise our children until after they have accomplished a task, then our support will be few and far between.
Having a toddler who is prone to tantrums, it can be hard to encourage and praise when he is tired. I will have to look very hard to find any positive in what he is doing.
I often have to laugh at myself when I say, “Good boy for helping to get undressed,” when really I know he has taken his sock off to throw across the room! But if I am looking for the positive then it helps me to keep my attitude more positive in trying times.
Application: Likewise, often we only give God praise when He has done good things for us. If times get tough and we struggle with unanswered prayer then we even hold ourselves back from personal prayer or attending church.
And yet looking for the positive can assist us with our attitude in challenging situations. And one thing we can be confident in is that God is always there for us.
Even the psalmist got caught in the trap of only wanting to praise God when good things happened. He struggled when challenges arose and people were against him. He said he would praise God if He answered his prayer.
But God is not a genie at our beck and call. We are so blessed He always hears us, but we cannot control His actions.
Let’s not fall into the trap of only praising God when He does what we want. But may our faith sustain us in times of trial so that we praise Him, no matter what our circumstances.
Prayer: Lord, You love and care for us. We don’t always understand Your actions but may we trust that You have everything in Your all-powerful hands. Amen.
What do you have to thank God for today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.