Can you praise at take away?

This Sunday at EPIC Church we will be singing the song Blessed Be Your Name. One of the parts of this song sings, “You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, ‘Lord Blessed Be Your Name.'”  It’s easy to sing blessed unto the name of Lord for most of the song.  But it can be tough to sing at take away – whether that is during the actual song or in the midst of life.

We love the God that gives to us.  We love the receiving end of our walk with Christ.  But what you receive isn’t what defines you as a Christian.  What you give is what defines you.  What you do when you have no choice in the matter is what clarifies it even more.  Can you praise at take away? Can you praise beyond the mountaintop moments?  Can you praise in the valleys of life?  Can you praise when God challenges you by taking something away?

For the Lord has an incredible plan for each of us.  That plan isn’t sent to Hell as soon as it seems like all Hell is breaking loose in your life.  God has great things in store for you when He is giving and He has great things in store from you when He is taking. “Taking” is part of His giving process.  God may want to give you something that is better than the thing that He took away, you just might not be able to see that, right now.

God is God, either way.  He is worthy of praise, either way.  He has a plan, either way.  But where do you stand?  Can you praise at take away?

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