Responding Rightly to Life’s Circumstances
February 14, 2021

Today’s 333 Devotional: “Responding Rightly to Life’s Circumstances”

God allows problems, difficulties, trials and tribulations in our lives to get our attention. C.S. Lewis said that suffering was God’s megaphone to get our attention.

The Apostle Paul said, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

God allows both good and bad circumstances in our lives, and what we’re promised is that He will work them out for our good using them to transform us more into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Please understand that God isn’t interested in our comfort or happiness as much as He is in our transformation.

Think about this through another perspective. Look at what Jesus learned through what He suffered.

“Though He was Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8)

If God allowed suffering as part of Jesus’s life so that He could learn obedience, then it’s a pretty good bet suffering will be a part of our lives as well so we can learn and grow thereby.

Solomon said, “Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.” (Proverbs 20:30)

I’ve heard it said that we don’t often change the direction of our lives when we see the light as we do when we feel the heat. The painful circumstances of life are God’s way of lighting a fire under us to get us moving.

But it’s how we respond to life’s circumstances that tells the tale.

James said, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4)

Therefore, let’s not treat these trials as unwelcomed intruders, but rather welcome them as friends that God uses to test our faith producing within us the qualities of patience and endurance.

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