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Thursday, December 31, 2015

LEARNING FROM CIRCUMSTANCES

The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, … .  Once again you will have all the food you want, and you will praise the Lord your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will my people be disgraced.”  Joel 2:25-26  
     Are you in despair regarding your present circumstances?  Do you feel that the enemy has had his way with you? Fear not, for your God is very much aware of all that afflicts you and causes you distress.  Your Heavenly Father has allowed your present circumstances to teach you to trust Him. Nothing that you are going through will harm you if you will trust God. He has promised to provide for you and sustain you throughout your life as you serve Him.
     Having said that, one must realize that you cannot do as you please expecting God to wink at transgression and bless you regardless of your behavior.  We are here to praise Him both verbally and with our lives.  Wallowing in self-pity due to our present situation serves no positive purpose.  Is He not alive? Does He not see?  Has He not blessed you countless times throughout your life? Why would He stop now?  Focus on God, not the circumstances. It’s a matter of faith and trust. Faith, that the seeds of your circumstances will grow and provide a harvest of blessing in His time. Trust, because He has never given any of us a reason not to.  Rely on him as a cripple relies on a cane. Why do I use the example of a ‘cripple’ … because we are all crippled by our own humanity.  In spite of this the love of God shines a bright light on the path we are to follow. 
     Your circumstances are but for a season. When you are on the backside of them you will hardly remember them.  So don’t allow worry and fear to steal your joy. Rejoice that God has the situation well in hand and in a time He has foreordained, the clouds will part and the sun will shine again. Nothing that happens to you this day can separate you from the love of God and His providence.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
NOTE:  The translation used is the New Living Translation, published by Tyndale House Publishers.

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