God has given humans response-ability. It’s part of our original software design. Regardless what our circumstances may be, how other people may treat us, or what difficulties we face in life, it is fully within our own power to determine what kind of attitude we’re going to have. The moment we turn our eyes to God, we realize He is bigger than any circumstance. Why should we spend time and energy worrying and fretting over the future or even over current circumstances?
God has been good to us and the proper response to God’s grace is to serve Him only, always, everywhere, and in everything.
We see this power of choice all over God’s story to us. We see it in Joseph while in prison, Daniel while hanging out in Babylon as a prisoner of war and in a lion’s den. John chose to worship on the island of Patmos, Stephen hoped in God while being stoned and Paul, while in chains, wrote,
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear” (Philippians 1:12-14).
The point is that no oppression of man can hold down the praise of God, or the attitude of grace we can access in Christ. Those people I just mentioned understood one simple, but powerful, truth that many Christ-followers forget. Praising God does not depend on our circumstances being praiseworthy. It is not circumstances that are praiseworthy; it is God. Why not choose to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says?
It’s What You Do Next That Counts!
I hope your faith has started shifting from something that is simply available to you, to a faith that beckons you into God’s adventurous will for your life—your promised life. God still does exactly what He promises, every time. I pray that hope will grow in you and surround your heart like the wall around the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida. As the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, its walls stand thirty feet tall and are fourteen feet thick. May that kind of wall keep you and make you feel so secure in God’s love, His holiness, and sovereignty that you will cross over into your promised life and lead others with you.
Start today. With your mind deeply set on and believing in the Lord’s promises, turn your faith in God loose in every area of your life and see what happens. Now you have been made righteous through Jesus Christ, live courageously, like Joshua, by your righteousness in the Lord. No matter how good or bad, easy or difficult it may be, I guarantee you will not regret following God faithfully and crossing into the promised life.
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