And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
This scripture is more than a refrigerator magnet, bumper sticker, or home decor theology.
God does not further our spiritual life despite our circumstances but in and by our circumstances. Oswald Chambers.
How do you view your difficult life circumstances:
As a challenge?
A sign of punishment?
As an opportunity?
As leading to more fruitfulness?
It is incredible how we view our circumstances outside of His providence as followers of Jesus Christ, the very ones He has given His life for so He could give His life to.
Demanding circumstances are designed to reveal the very life of Jesus Christ within us.
They are not punishment.
Notice that the scripture doesn't say that all of our circumstances ARE good but that they can work to His good purposes.
And He is to be glorified in our lives by His love.
How did you expect your life's circumstances to be different in Jesus Christ?
Describe a time when God revealed His love to you and others through difficult circumstances.
Lord, may every circumstance reveal Your life and love through us. Amen