Under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. ~James 1:3-4 Most of what happens around you is completely out of your control. But you do control two important factors: you control your response and you control how much you choose to trust God. Viktor Frankl, a Jew, was sent to the Nazi death camps during WWII. Frnkl later wrote that while he was a prisoner, the guards stripped him of everything he had. They took his identity, his family, his clothes, even his wedding ring. But no one could take from him his freedom to choose his response. He wrote, "They offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." What matters in life is not so much what happens to us, but what happens in us. We choose. God uses circumstances to change us, grow us, and make us more like Christ. FOOD FOR THOUGHT We become better when we choose to respond in faith and believe that every circumstance is a tool God will use to make us more like Christ.
Say to the Israelites, "I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians." ~Exodus 6:6 God told Moses to confront the Egyptian Pharaoh and demand that he let the Israelites leave Egypt. Pharaoh responded by making the Israelites' forced labor even more difficult. Moses complained that God had made things worse for his people. God responded by promising he would free his people. Sometimes God takes time to transform our lives. He doesn't do it all at once, because he wants us to persevere in trusting him. Sometimes things even look worse for a while before they get better. Then, when freedom finally comes, we are filled with gratitude and deeper trust instead of taking God's provisions for granted. What are you trusting the Lord to do for you? When he seems to be taking too long, or even seems silent, don't give up. Keep crying out to him for help. He kept his promise to Moses, and he'll keep his promises to you. FOOD FOR THOUGHT Believe in God. Trust his timing, and be grateful for his deliverance when it comes. It will come.