Read: Job 1
When hardships come across without any notice, it can be difficult to glorify God. We can be angry or upset with God for causing such a situation in our life. God is all-knowing. He wants you to draw closer to Him. He will exalt you in whichever state you are if you lean on Him.
Even when Job lost everything including his family, possessions, status, and even his health, he still “did not sin nor charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22). He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). When his wife tells him to curse God and die because of the misfortune, he tells her, “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10). Even then, he did not sin against God with his lips.
Joseph, after being sold off by his own brothers, had to be in prison for the crime he didn’t commit. Yet he never complained. After a long wait of 13 years he got the answer. God allowed this situation in Joseph’s life to save the Israelites from famine and placed him as a ruler just below the Pharaoh. (Gen. 37:12-36).
God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8). Though changes happen in our life, He is still the same. We can continually glorify God during the hard times knowing that He alone is sovereign and in control of the situations around us. Paul the apostle said, “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4). Everything happens with God’s knowledge. Ps. 34:19 rightly says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” When we face hardships, we can glorify God knowing that we have our Saviour Jesus Christ who is compassionate to understand us and deliver us from all our troubles.