The world is real and a place God created for us. We need food and shelter – and a lot more. God uses circumstances to grow us again and again. Let’s look at circumstances and God’s love. My 16 year old daughter recently inspired me to memorize this verse.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
From suffering to joyous occasions, God is working on us. The Bible says He is the potter, and we are the clay.
Circumstances and God’s Love are Related
His purpose is to transform us. That usually requires some suffering as we do not change without it often. Now to the Good News Version of Romans 12:1-2 as I memorised this in the TEV in high school.
12 So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer. 2 Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.
God is at work transforming us, but are we a chalkboard that first needs erasing to be able to write on it the truth for our hearts?
Yes, we must empty our hearts to make space for him and his work of maturing us. Please look at your life. When did you change the most? In times I was lost and depressed, I learned lessons that hang with me to this day. So, I do not usually disdain the day of suffering as know it does the greatest works in me.
When suffering comes in years, I have found I need to learn a bit more. But even in years, God’s good work is ongoing. The word efficiency is not in the Bible. God has all things and no interest in efficiency. God is interested in us and our hearts. Are we ready to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to include thanking him for suffering? We cannot learn thankfulness in a day, but it is true that we should as his love is in each trial and wavering step we take.