50-year-old Walter White was having a mid-life crisis: His wife was pregnant, his teenage son has Cerebral Palsy; and, as an under-achieving educational professional, he faced a huge financial disaster when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

BreakingBad

That’s the premise of “Breaking Bad,” the highly rated drama based on the  American Nightmare. This is the tale of a man who takes matters into his own hands when the going gets tough.

On a whim, Walter goes on a ride-a-long with his D.E.A. agent brother-in-law and witnesses a meth bust. When he finds out how much money can be made in the drug business, this mild-mannered chemistry teacher “breaks bad” by becoming a methamphetamine chemist.

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Ultimately, everyone he knows is negatively affected by his bad choices and deceitful ways made out of desperation, made without God.

What would you do if you were in his shoes? He’s always played by the rules, has always done life the right way, but, now, he’s been dealt a lousy hand.

If you are a Christian then you know God is sovereign over everything that happens in our lives; so you can trust him even when things are most difficult. There is never a need to ever “break bad” because God is good all the time. All the time, God is good.

Psalm 145closePsalm 145 Great Is the Lord A Song of Praise. Of David. 145:1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. (ESV)
closePsalm 145closePsalm 145 Great Is the Lord A Song of Praise. Of David. 145:1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. (ESV)
Great Is the Lord A Song of Praise. Of David. 145:1 I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
and all your saints shall bless you!
11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations. [The Lord is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. 21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. (ESV)
says: The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

What is the correct biblical response when things go bad? Praise him. Thank him.

“What? Are you crazy, Pastor Steve?” Actually, no, I’m not.

How you respond when you are at the end of your rope, when you’re fit to be tied, when the bottom falls out, and the other shoe drops will say a lot about how your relationship is with the Lord.

XIR84999 Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) oil on canvas Musee Bonnat, Bayonne, France Lauros / Giraudon French, out of copyright

When Job lost everything he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

William Dix wrote the Christmas carol, “What Child is This?” when he was stricken with a serious illness at age 29, bedridden and severely depressed.

Though blind from a doctor’s error at six weeks old, Fanny Crosby could’ve been bitter her entire life. Instead, she penned over 3,000 hymns in praise of her God, including “Blessed Assurance.”

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190px-Horatio_SpaffordHoratio Spafford lost nearly everything in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and lost his four daughters when their ship sank. He had good reason to be angry at God. Instead he penned the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul.”

And right before a fellowship of North Korean believers were about to have their bodies crushed by a steamroller as they lay on the ground as punishment for their faith, their lips uttered the words of this hymn: “More love to thee, O Christ, more love to thee; Thee alone I seek, more love to thee.”balloon

I read about a Christian conference where helium balloons were given to the people. They were to release them during the service when they felt like expressing the joy in their hearts.  All during the service balloons were let go but when it was over, one third of the people were still holding on to their balloons!

Please, everyone, don’t hold on to your praises. Sing them out with all your heart! Why?

Because God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.

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