Circumstances and Choices - Allan Myers

Circumstances and Choices

We find ourselves in a unique set of circumstances nowadays. There is an illness, invisible to us, which has affected most, if not all, aspects of our lives, with no definite end in sight. We can find evidence of violence and division in our news on a daily basis. And for at least some of us, there is a cloud of uncertainty hanging over our employment and finances.

Just considering COVID-19 can consume our thoughts and take up our time. Do I have my mask, who have I been in contact with, am I sick and don't know it, is it safe to go there, is my family being as careful as they should? The questions can go on and on and all start over each day. Then, on top of all of this, there are the regular tasks that come with living life. It's all a bit much, isn't it? The answer is yes.

Let's first compare our situation with Peter's. Jesus has told Peter and us to come to Him, and we have stepped out of the boat. Much like Peter, the Corona wind and the division waves are distracting us. These distractions, the cares, the worries, are some of Satan's flaming arrows. Peter got distracted by his circumstances and he sank. If we don't keep our focus on Jesus, we will be no different.

Paul understood this too.

Philippians 1

12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, 13 so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else, 14 and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.

18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,

 

Paul was in prison and was teaching his captors. Other Christians became fearless preachers because of Paul's view of his circumstances. No one could argue he had it easy, yet his thoughts and efforts went into proclaiming Christ which brought him joy.

When I was a young man, I found myself in, what I thought was, a set of bad circumstances. My mother told me words I needed then and have heeded many times since - "Immerse yourself in the Lord's work and the rest of that will take care of itself." Looking back she was just quoting Jesus in Matthew 6:33. If you don't have a Sherry Myers in your life, get one quick.

If we're objective, our circumstances are not much different than what Paul had, and we can find the same reasons to rejoice. We don't get to choose when or how all of this current circumstance will end, but we absolutely will choose whether or not to glorify God with it. Let's find the joy and take as many as we can with us.

What all we are dealing with in 2020 is a bit much, but our God is more. II KIngs 6:16

I love you all,

Allan

 
 
 
 
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