Potholes or Possibilities?
Difficult circumstances can reveal much about a person. A smooth road reveals very little of our character, but when successive potholes mar our otherwise gentle pathway, we begin to get a look at the underside of our lives.
Faced with difficult challenges, it is easy to become preoccupied with what others have done to us, or to groan, "Why does this always happen to me?" But we must not overlook God’s purpose in these trials.
Every challenge we face should be seen as a test (pass or fail, success or failure, win or lose, acceptance or rejection,) or a lesson (God is teaching us). Difficulties may come our way because God wants us to be involved in the solution-for our benefit-or for the benefit of others. We might also be enduring something so that God can reveal His glory (many call this miracles), or display His faithfulness.
God also uses our circumstances to reveal to us the condition of our hearts (pride, ego, anger, fears, doubts, greed), or to allow us to face the consequences for something like bad attitude, greed, anger, pride and big ego, fears and doubts we’ve allowed to take root in our lives, at our jobs, or in our families. If in these moments we avoid honest self-examination, we may find that our circumstances become more challenging and we become increasingly frustrated.
Life can be difficult, and as disciples of the crucified and risen Christ, what we face can be particularly challenging. This is why it is vitally important that we yield ourselves-daily, hourly, minute-by-minute-to God’s Holy Spirit. Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians, "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (12:10).
God is not impressed with our ability to handle things, our abilities to be creative and do good works that feed our pride and ego. When we meet with God in the morning and throughout the day, it becomes natural to bring our unexpected circumstances to Him as well. As we share our frustrations with Him, we can ask Him to overcome our emotions, and give us wisdom to know how to respond to our challenges.
As we open our lives to Him, He will turn our challenges (problems) into opportunities to become more like Him. Then we can have a godly expectation that something good can come out of our trouble (see James 1:2-5).
Lord, I praise you for your goodness … your faithfulness … your love. I thank you that you care about everything that concerns me. I praise you for your gentleness, your forgiveness for all the sins I’ve committed in my thoughts, words, in what I’ve done, in what I’m suppose to do but didn’t do, your grace. I thank you for always giving me what I need … and not what I deserve. May I honor you in all that I do. In Jesus’ name I pray AMEN …