Thanking God for the pain in your life seems like a pretty off the wall concept. What I have learned through the past several years, the pain I have gone through is what has helped shape me into the man of God I am now. Much like a child, being parented, who is disciplined and corrected. Led and loved. Often His/ our discipline is hurtful and painful. It is uncomfortable and raw. Sometimes I believe it is allowed, and sometimes caused. Why? Because I have to learn. Can you relate as a parent? As a child?

Hebrews 12:6
For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

Are you open to the discipline of the Lord? Are you willing to praise in the midst of hard times? Are you willing to swallow your pride and accept you may very well NOT be right all the time? Are you willing to praise Him in the midst of hardship, turmoil, pain, and persecution?

Often, the hardest times in our life, define what type of people we are. Cowboy up. Praise Him through the pain. THANK HIM for the pain and move on to the promise.

James 1:2-8 (NLT)

2 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church