By Pastor Devon Davoux
Ever meet people that go through incredibly difficult circumstances and seem so joyful, happy, at peace? Your response might be part admiration and part irritation ("I'd be depressed, upset" right?). Where does that joy come from?
In my observation those kinds of people have embraced a very important truth found in Philippians 2:12b-13
"…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."
Often we view God as working "out there," or "over there." Our prayers are all about change this person's situation, or views, or politics, etc. and we get disappointed with God when it's not happening. The reality though is God's agenda is about changing you.
What if all these circumstances weren't just random things but were tools to do something in you? When we get this (and I know from experience it takes time), we are saying things like:
"I guess there's something God wants to teach me in this."
"Perhaps He wants to teach me about faith, or about trusting Him."
"Perhaps he wants to use this trial to draw me back to Christ or so I can help someone else going through this same thing."
The point is that He is at work in you and me to bring about His GOOD purposes. It doesn't matter whether you are working with Him or against Him He is going to fulfill them. The question becomes how is he working in you? What is He trying to teach you?
We would love to have you come Sundays at 9 or 10:30 a.m. as we begin a new series called "Under Construction" exploring the work God is trying to do in us.
slow down; to take our time, to be aware, to care for others just as God cares for each one of us.
So, take your time out there, enjoy the changing seasons and be patient "out there" and hopefully we'll all reflect the sign of peace to all we meet.