"Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness; your shadowed lives will be bathed in the sunlight. I will always show you where to go; I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places." (Isaiah 58:11)
Do you sometimes find it difficult to see the hand of God's goodness in every situation?
Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, our joy shouldn’t waver based on our circumstances or feelings; we should rely on God to orchestrate every situation we encounter to make us a better person, and it’s really going to depend on whether we respond to the trial or blessing in the way God wants us to. Our trouble is a blessing when it makes us stronger, but our good fortune and blessings can be an affliction if they entice us away from God. We need to rely and trust in Him to be stronger when we are weak, but also remember that when we are successful and thriving to use our prosperity for Him. In every situation God gives us comfort and encouragement that will make us stronger.
- The more we experience and believe in God's goodness in every aspect of our lives, the more we trust Him.
- The more we trust Him, the easier it is for us to put our lives into His hands.
Only by placing our lives in His hands will He bless us and work through us...
...so that His wonderful will can be done.
"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (2 Thessalonians 5:16)
The conditions and situations in my life are always changing, and I should never take for granted or become dependent on any of life's cycles, because whatever my conditions may be at the present moment are only temporary. My joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not be determined by the actions of others or the ups and downs I encounter in my day. God has a plan for me and each cycle of my life is an opportunity to reflect on His goodness and accept and appreciate God's perfect timing. Whatever my day brings, I should be content and have a heart that responds to God. Wherever I am, or whatever has happened, I can make a positive commitment to move forward, following God no matter what. Once our hearts really grasp the goodness of God, we can be confident that He will never let us down. As long as we follow Him and rely on His power for strength and contentment, He will always be on our side in every situation.
"I have learned the secret in being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." (Philippians 4:12)
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