In, Not For

Every one of us will walk through tough times; circumstances we wish never came, but which surround us like walls closing in.  Perhaps it’s a poor review at work, a child that is struggling or even rebellious, loss of a loved one, a bad or failing grade, or criticism from co-workers. It could be any number of things.  The natural inclination is to despair.  Our hearts are weighed down and our minds distracted, as if these things are obstacles in the path leading to our goal.  Yet it’s in these precise circumstances that the Lord invites you to put on a disposition of praise.  “Bless the Lord at all times!”  You see, these situations are not simply obstacles.  Because of the wondrous grandeur of God, He can turn these into mile markers along your path of growing.  Walking with Christ allows you to see how you may bless the Lord “in” every situation knowing that He can turn it into an opportunity to trust Him, walk with Him, see Him more clearly at work on your behalf.  We don’t bless the Lord “for” the circumstances – He’s not doing it to you – but we may bless the Lord “in” the circumstances because He can use even bad things to form your faith more deeply.

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Bless the Lord,