“You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” — Hebrews 10:36
When we have trials in our lives, we always have three choices:
We can endure our trials. Of course, some people make us endure their trials with them. We ask them how they’re doing, and they’re more than happy to tell us. But when we merely endure our troubles, we run the risk of becoming bitter. Endurance in this case is passive and can lead to drowning in our circumstances rather than breaking through our circumstances into the victorious life God intends.
We can just escape. Run! Leave! Get out of there! When we do that, we get away from where we are. But if God hasn’t told us to leave, we leave the place where God is working and where God can help us. Now is not the time to run when God is silent.
We can employ our troubles. This is the right thing to do. We must make our circumstances beneficial to our life and growth by making them “work” for us. In other words, we can let God use the crisis in our lives to make us better, to help us grow in His way. We can step up on our trouble and move to a higher level.
We all have a natural “flight syndrome” that causes us to think, If I could just run away! But when we do that, if we’re not careful, we make matters worse instead of better. Someone has said that no matter how difficult our circumstances, the safest place for us is always in the will of God.
Are you allowing your circumstances to produce the active endurance needed to accomplish the will of God in your life. Have you focused in defeat on the circumstances of your life, or are you focused in victory on the Savior? Let your gaze be on God and your glance be on your circumstances. This is how to be safe in the will of God…