Morning all and welcome to Monday
Driving into a busy roundabout a few days ago, I had my drive plan into and through it allowing those from my right already on the roundabout to pass but sadly the person behind me didn’t have his clear plan and as I was not able to enter the roundabout and escape his error the end result was a rear shunt into my car.
Ephesians 5 v 20 say “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ..”
For some, this is difficult, and indeed, we all often stumble over it. We can be very grateful to God when things go well. Perhaps, after returning safely from a trip, we are quick to thank God for our successful arrival, as if He were personally responsible for the operations of all who worked to get us home. Suppose, however, that the trip was not so successful – as in part was mine with the shunt and resulting damage (not to me but the car only). Maybe we were involved in an accident too or worse, personally injured or delayed so that we were late for a meeting ( yes I have had this over the years too!)? Or maybe lightning struck the house, an earthquake damaged it, or a burglar broke in and stole valuables?
Do we see God’s hand in these circumstances as well? Is God involved only in the “good” things of life? For example, did Job bemoan his “bad luck” or murmur against God? He bowed before Him, even managing to bless Him (Job 1:13-22)! Is this just fatalistic? No, in people who live by faith, it is neither of these because real faith always rejoices in the Lord, knowing He is involved in all aspects of life.
Paul’s exhortation to the Philippian church (Philippians 4:4) is nothing short of a call to faith of those undergoing some sort of heavy trial. If a Christian believes that his or her life and all its circumstances are in the hands of the sovereign, wise, and loving God who is always working for his good, then he and she can truly rejoice always.
However this can really only be a reality if, as we heard on Sunday, we are connected to the Lord Jesus in the way Jesus describes as being a branch connected to the vine.
So as a Christian at work, I need to remember – never lose contact!
Have a good week