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How We Look At Our Situation
7/25/2017

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)

If I thought life was simply a matter of chance, then I could be tempted to be discouraged when something negative happened to me or to those I love.  But if I believe God is in control, and that everything happening to me is being allowed by Him to shape and form me to be more like Jesus, then I would have a greater peace.  So how we look at our situation will make all the difference. 

Q: How can we practically apply this principle to our life today?

We need to get up and seek the Lord each morning for His protective armor so we are properly equipped to face every challenge (Eph. 6:11-18).  We must choose to keep our mind on the Word of God, and choose to use the shield of faith to properly defend ourselves from the lies of the enemy.  Once we have done this we can now choose to look at every situation as an opportunity to be used or shaped by God.  Let me give you an example. 

I remember having stomach pain about 13 years ago.  No matter how many antacids I took I could not seem to get the pain to go away.  I went to the doctor and he continued to give me stronger medicines, but they didn’t work.  Finally he ordered a procedure to be done — it would entail placing a camera through the passage of my throat and down into my stomach in an attempt to see what might be causing the problem. 

The next day I went in and proceeded to swallow this miniature camera. I remember praying and asking God to show me clearly what the issue was, and to give the doctors wisdom.  I chose right then to trust God regardless of what I was facing.  As I did this I had a great peace.  A few days later I went in to talk to the doctor about the procedure.  As I approached the hospital the Lord placed it upon my heart to give the doctor a book I was reading.  I fought this thought and tried to push it aside, but God had given me a burden to share with the doctor and I knew I had to listen. 

So as the doctor came into the room he told me my procedure had come back with positive results and there was nothing wrong with my digestive tract — In fact, he said it looked like a digestive tract of a newborn baby.  I replied by asking him how he was doing. I told him the Lord had prompted me to give him the book I was reading, and then I asked him if I could pray for him. He looked at the title of the book and then told me he really needed this. It was evident that God had perfectly placed me there for such a time as this.  After we concluded the appointment I left his office and the pain in my body went away and has never returned.

I have found God working in the most amazing ways within my life — many of which I would not have chosen. I realize now each and every situation I go through is an opportunity.  It is up to me to submit to the Lord and to seek His will for each situation.  If I do this I will have a proper perspective.  

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all. Psalms 34:19 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to look at your situations through the lense of God’s sovereignty — choosing to believe that He is in control, has a plan, and will use everything in your life for good. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 34:19 what can we learn about our trials in life as Christian believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to look at every tough time as an opportunity for God to use and shape others as well as yourself?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not upon your own understanding.  Seek the Lord for His guidance, and be willing to allow Him to use you.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your love and mercy.  Thank You for guiding me through the tough situations I face.  Help me to remember this when I am in the middle of tribulation.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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