Is it possible to enjoy God and glorify Him in the midst of adverse circumstances?
Recently, as I was spending time with the Lord, and I was sitting in a room with a night light on. As I was listening to Him, I felt a nudge to turn off the light. So I did just that. As I sat there everything immediately was so dark. Then while my eyes were adjusting to the darkness it became lighter. The darkness in the room brightened up. I didn’t understand, at the time, what the Lord was trying to show me when He asked me to “sit in darkness” until a couple of days later when reading a morning devotional.
My devotional said this: “My light shines most brightly through believers who trust me in the dark. This kind of trust is supernatural: a production of My indwelling Spirit. When things seem all wrong, trust me anyways.”
Do we trust God when things seem all wrong? I am learning that God is MORE interested in how we respond in whatever comes our way. He is very interested in “right responses” more than having “right circumstances.”
When we are in unfavorable or adverse circumstances, don’t we want them corrected and made right? Perhaps God is waiting for us to “respond correctly” in our circumstances.
John 16: 35 says this: “I have told you these things so that IN ME you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus warned His followers that living as a Christian in the world would not be easy. Hardships, troubles, even persecutions would come. Some of these hardships occur as part of living in a fallen world; others occur as a satanic assault. So how we respond is very, very important.
As “Right Responders” let’s be ones who stand on victory, the victory over satan, sin, and evil. Jesus already won this victory for us.
We have been told in Ephesians 6: 13 “After you have done everything, stand.” When we respond, as Jesus would want us to respond, in faith, we are then standing.
Let this comfort you: “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40: 8
“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, He will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.” Psalm 112: 4-8
When our heart is secure, we will respond in the right way in all of the adverse circumstances.
So I ask, is our heart steadfast? Are we trusting God with all of our circumstances, even when it’s been a long time and things seem like they are not changing?
Let’s start declaring as the Psalmist declared: “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” Psalm 57: 7
King David, “In the midst of lions, said this: “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me.” Psalm 57: 2-4
What does He send? “He sends His love and His faithfulness.” Psalm 57: 3
“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge.” I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1
If you are in a disastrous or really difficult situation, take refuge. Where at? In the shadow of His wings. Let Him carry you. How long? Until it has passed
Respond correctly and be a “Right Responder.” Take refuge and stand in victory. Doing this secures our heart and makes it steadfast, makes it secure. It even makes it possible to enjoy God and enables us to glorify Him in the midst of trouble and unfavorable circumstances
For “He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; He will not despise their plea.” Psalm 102: 17