“The problem with life is that it gets so daily,” says Chuck Swindoll. Does that mean a faithful, consistent walk with God needs to be boring? Absolutely not. It’s the little choices that serve as building blocks to complete big projects. We can rejoice in the fact that our daily selections really do have eternal significance.
When we are alive in God, tapping into His strength, we are united with Christ in all of His power. We can trust Him in the opportunities he sends our way; even in adversity, we are given strength to respond in a way that results in Kingdom impact. You see, our response to circumstances is an important part of our walk with God. When we react gracefully to difficulty, instead of asking God, “Why me?” we can prepare our response in advance of the trial, “Now what?”
Jerry Bridges says, “Our reactions to circumstances are a part of our walk of holiness. Holiness is not a series of do’s and don’ts, but conformity to the character of God and obedience to the will of God. Accepting with contentment whatever circumstances God allows for me is very much a part of a holy walk.”
The apostle Paul explains it in Philippians 4:11: “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty.” In gain or loss, contentment is a choice. Let’s pray:
Heavenly Father, thank you we don’t have to face our trials alone. Come what may, Lord, we choose a “Now what?” attitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.