Today I met with someone who is at the end of his rope. Everything he has invested in has gone sour and he is left alone. As we talked I shared some of my thoughts from yesterday about placing our trust in our hopes or even our ability to endure or wait as opposed to placing our trust in God who is powerful to bring about those things we hope in and to do them in His perfect timing. Then we talked about the critical need that he had to first of all trust God for His salvation and then see what God does afterward.
Following my time with this man, I answered my phone to talk with another individual who has walked through a difficult situation for a long time and who has struggled like all of us with hopes and waiting, yet has found God to be faithful in directing her steps and guarding her heart. The difference between these two individual is not that one really is “better” than the other, but that one has and is continuing to learn to trust God for the really hard stuff and the other is still trusting in his ability, or lack thereof, to manage his circumstances. Today Sarah writes about how we can learn to live above our circumstances.
Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (3/13)
Learn to live above your circumstances. This requires focused time on Me, the One who overcame the world. Trouble and distress are woven into the very fabric of this perishing world. Only My Life in you can empower you to face this endless flow of problems with good cheer.
As you sit quietly in My Presence, I shine Peace into your troubled mind and heart. Little by little, you are freed from the shackles and lifted up above your circumstances. You gain My perspective on your life, enabling you to distinguish between what is important and what is not. Rest in My Presence, receiving Joy that no one can take away from you.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)