13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. (James 5:13 NIV)

When I read this verse this morning it dawned on me that regardless of what comes my way today my first reaction should be to turn to God. I don’t think James could have drawn the experiences that may come my way any more clearly: “Is any of you in trouble? Is anyone happy?” Are there trials and troubles that will come my way today? If so, then I am reminded, that when they come I am to pray. Is my day going to be filled with unbridled blessings? If that is the case, if that happens, then I am reminded that when they come I am to sing the praises of Almighty God. He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift. (James 1:17)

I need this reminder so badly. So often, when troubles come my way, I get so preoccupied with the troubles that I lose sight of God. My world comes crashing down around me and the rubble keeps me from seeing God’s Sovereign hand at work in the troubles I am experiencing. James reminds me, that when troubles come and my life seems to be unraveling at the seams, I am to take my brokenness to God in prayer. Trust Him to hold me together. Trust Him that He will lead me through the trials of my life.

I need this reminder for the good times of life as well. Oftentimes when I have good days, even great days, I forget the One who has brought such wonderful, unearned blessings my way. I often act as if the “good” days are what I should be experiencing every day rather than realizing that they are a wonderful gift from His hands.

“In all things give thanks.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I can thank Him in the trials of life because He has given me a unique opportunity to trust Him even when there are tears running down my cheeks and my heart is full of anxiety. I can thank Him in the glorious moments of life when I’m thinking to myself, “It just doesn’t get any better than this!” He is the Author of every moment of my life and my response to every experience should be to turn to Him in either prayer or praise…or both.

My prayer today, Lord, is that You will help me to remember. Let me respond to life in prayer and praise to You.

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