Monday, October 1, 2012

Identity Embrace: Faith vs. Circumstance

Faith, or circumstances?

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I read this article a few nights ago called "Will You Follow Jesus Even If Your Life Doesn't Get Any Better?".  It convicted me to the core.  The question that arose from it?  Does my faith determine my circumstantial reactions, or do my circumstances inform my faith?

If you are anything like me, you know that circumstances determine an emotional reaction at times.  You get the job; you are happy.  Your friend lets you down; you are saddened.  Walking with Jesus, though, challenges us to trust not in our circumstances, but in the unfaltering character of Christ.  

A couple of things occurred to me that night:

ONE: Life is never about us--it is always about Christ.  Such a simple truth gets lost so quickly in the changing tide of circumstances.  "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23).

TWO: The details of circumstances may not be ours to understand.  God's ways are higher than our ways.  Putting total trust in the fact that He works everything for good is enough.  Trying to sort out and dissect the details places focus back on the circumstances.

THREE: Every circumstance is a chance to worship.  No matter what happens, good or hard, worshiping Jesus puts everything in proper perspective.  He is always worthy of our worship.

Let us hold fast to the truth that our identities are founded in our Heavenly Father, who cares deeply for us--and not in the changing tides of circumstances.

Which of these points resonates with you today?  

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