Beloved, we live in a world where we face many ups and downs, where we face many positive and negative situations. So what do we do and how do we respond when we are facing a negative, a verydifficult situation? For some it will be some sort of a loss: e.g. a job or a relationship. For others it may be an illness either physical or emotional or it may be a spiritual attack of some sort, like persecution. So how should we respond to a negative situation?
Beloved, I believe that as we study this portion of Scripture, we will learn how to remain positive in a negative situation.
First of all we need to accept the situation as God ordained. We need to calmly accept God’s will. Certainly this is easier said than done.
Secondly, we use the circumstances as an opportunity to minister. This is difficult to do because so often we are stuck in the middle of self-despair but when we take the focus off ofourselves, the Lord’s rest and peace can flood our hearts. It is as Corrie Ten Boom said, “Look outside and be distressed, look inside and be depressed, look to Jesus and be at rest.” Beloved, may the Lord Jesus Christ flood your hearts with rest and peace!
PS. Hope to see you Wednesday Evening and Thursday Morning at the Turkey Bowl!