Did you praise God when you stumbled out of bed this morning? Did you thank Him for creating you when your arthritis flared up and your back ached?  While I realize that it is difficult to praise God when we are in physical pain, we’ve been fearfully and wonderfully made, and we should be thankful for it.

You know, if you can feel pain, that means you have a functioning nervous system. You’re much better off than a lot of people. If you can walk with or without the aid of a cane, that means you’re able to use both of your legs. There’s millions of people in this world who wish they could take just one step. Did you see the sunrise this morning? You have functional eyes. That’s better than a blind person can say.

If we could just understand how blessed we are, we’d be doing a lot less complaining and a lot more praising. God has done so much for us. Even when we experience pain and hardships, God is still good. Do you ever think about that?

Maybe you’ve been through a surgery and are still in a lot of pain as you recover. Aches and pains are a part of life—if you don’t have any, keep living, and they’ll come soon enough.  While I personally suffer from physical ailments such as diabetes, I’m also thankful that God has given me life and the ability to serve Him. Are you going to praise God for your pain, or will you complain about it? The best way to get through any hardship is to see God in it. Try praising God today in spite of your painful circumstances, and you’ll have real gain.

If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to . . . thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. — William Law

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder