God Speaks Through Circumstances
How often, in our human nature, do we look at a situation we’re going through and only see the negative, or expect the worst? God will use circumstances in our lives to mold us and shape us into who we’re meant to be. Many times, it’s in the deserts and storms of life that we truly experience God, but with the wrong perspective, we’ll miss it. Our faith needs to be solid on the fact that God is in complete control at all times and He has a plan and a purpose for our pain. We know that because of Jesus, we have victory over sin, but the Bible also tells us we have victory over our circumstances.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
This verse ranks as one of the most comforting verses in all of scripture. Every single detail, every circumstance we face, the good, the bad and the ugly - all things work together for our good. Once we’ve had a real encounter with God, we’re able to trust that He will not only get us through whatever circumstances we’re dealing with, but He’ll use them for our good. Knowing that God is behind the scenes working things out, shifts our perspective from self-centered to God-centered because God’s purposes are so much bigger than us.
When difficult circumstances arise and confront us, take a moment and pause. Ask God for clarity about the situation you’re in and what it is He’s trying to show you through it. Our view is so limited; He sees the bigger picture. Our perceptions shift when we begin to look at trials as tests. Pain is our greatest teacher and perseverance is developed through tests.
Think of all the terrible things that happened to Joseph. His own brothers, motivated by jealousy and hatred, turned against him, threw him in a pit and then sold him as a slave. He was lied about, accused of rape and then cast into prison. But through the series of circumstances he faced, Joseph’s trust in God never wavered and eventually God elevated him to the second highest position in all of Egypt. In a moment, God reversed his circumstances. Joseph went from waking up in a prison cell one morning to going to bed in a palace and God used him to save his people. Joseph went on to tell his brothers, “God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you!” Like a good novel, the big picture slowly emerges, but it takes patience and trust.
God doesn’t always cause challenging circumstances to happen in our lives, but He’s a master of taking our pain and transforming it into something beautiful. God never wastes a hurt! He always uses it to accomplish His purposes for His glory and our good. May we be so filled with God’s Spirit and love that it pours out of us even in the worst situations. Embrace whatever life brings your way. If we prayerfully focus all of our thoughts on God’s goodness and faithfulness, we’ll be able to see the blessing in all circumstances.