Life Under the Circumstances

Life Under the Circumstances

Have you ever been under the circumstances? If not you will be. It happens to all of us. This is a time in every life when everything seems to be against us. Nothing is going right and it seems the world is conspiring to defeat us. It’s a terrible place to be.

The problem with life in this situation is that it clouds our thinking to where all we can see are the terrible things involved in the circumstance. Everything is negative and although there may be some positives, we are not able to see them.  This is not unique, everybody comes against things that seem insurmountable for a time. Eventually we may be able to work through it and life returns to a more normal state. The tragic thing about it is that we often make choices during this time in life that could plague us for the rest of our life.

What is the solution?

It would be easy to say, “don’t worry about it, it will pass”. That may be true but to suggest that someone “not worry about it” is an attempt to minimize what may be a serious time of trouble and anxiety . The question is, “where is God during all of this?”

Some people even blame God for the circumstance. “God must not love me. If He really cares about me He wouldn’t make me go through this”.Let’s assume something. Many people bring bad circumstances upon themselves by making bad choices in life.  But, let’s assume that’s not the case. Life has just turned in a way that is very unhappy for you. It was beyond your control. It may have been caused by someone else or is just one of those things that happens beyond our control. So where is God in all of this?

Life Under the Circumstances (cont)

Let’s bring in a little Bible study. In Genesis chapter 50 is the story of Joseph, one of the sons of Israel. Joseph had been sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers. After Joseph rose to a place of prominence in Egypt, he revealed himself to his brothers who were horrified and expected Joseph to exact punishment. But, he didn’t, in verse 20 he said, “Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)
20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

God allows trouble in order to bring good

This is a thought that can be foreign to many of us. “If God loves me, why would He let this happen to me?” It may be precisely that – because of His love.

We have to believe one thing about God. He does love you and He does have a plan for your life and it may be part of His plan for you to go through your “terrible” circumstance in order to perfect His plan for you.

When we are in our circumstance, all we can see is the cloud of the circumstance. God has the ability to see beyond your circumstance and how it will fit into His plan for you. We have no idea how the experience of this circumstance can fit into God’s plan for you.

There is one prerequisite.

We find the prerequisite in Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 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.

God makes this promise to us, “that if we love God, and we are called according to His purpose those circumstances that come into our life will fit into His purpose for our life.”

If we are truly willing to be used of God, and are called according to His purpose, we can view our circumstance differently. We can believe that God is allowing us to be in that circumstance in order to make us more valuable for His purpose.

Pray in the midst of a bad circumstance that God use it for His glory.

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