Dear Faithful in Christ,
Have you ever allowed your circumstances to obscure your view of God? St. Peter certainly did while attempting to walk to Jesus on the water. When the waves caught his eye and took his view off his Savior, well – we all know what happened (See Matthew 14:22-33)!
I have certainly put my gaze on my circumstances and off the Lord who could manage my situations, and I certainly have regretted it afterward. Perhaps you have also?
A short devotion in the book Keeping God in the Small Stuff by Bruce Bickle & Stan Jantz titled: “Looking at God Instead of Your Circumstances” has been helpful to me. I’ll include a small (stuff) bit of the devotion for our help and encouragement:
If you look at your circumstances through God’s eyes, your circumstances won’t obscure your view of God.
We make life a lot harder than it needs to be. This happens whenever the circumstances in our lives discourage us. When problems arise, and nothing goes right, the stress builds. We become unhappy, discouraged, and discontented. It is in those touch times that God seems distant.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of trying to see God through your circumstances, take the opposite approach. Look at your circumstances through God’s eyes.
God doesn’t see your circumstances as insurmountable. He’s not intimidated or discouraged by them. Since they aren’t problems for Him, they shouldn’t be for you.
The next time you find yourself looking down in despair, lift your head and start looking up. Stop worrying about your obstacles, and start thinking about the God who can help you overcome them.
“I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Philippians 4:13.
Another Scripture passage which really encourages me for my sometimes-trying life in God’s kingdom is Romans 8:38-39: I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What great advice from Bruce Bickle and Stan Jantz and especially from our gracious God – for ALL our circumstances and situations in life, certainly coronavirus and all its many accompanying challenges! I hope that YOU will join me in thanking our great God that He is most certainly with us to help us, and for us to keep Him (in His love, and mercy, and grace) in full view – in the big and the small stuff of all of life!
Keeping my eyes on Him and praying for His rich blessings for you,