When we face difficulties, we tend to look for secondary causes or someone to blame. As I read my Bible each day, my appreciation for God’s sovereign will and the way He works and allows things to happen amazes me more and more. I see the whole world as a puppet on strings being moved and worked as His will dictates. You will not get this from the world’s media.
Paul understood this so clearly. As he sat in prison under conditions that most of us can’t even imagine, he was not complaining or thinking about himself, he was praying and thinking about the saints (believers) and churches that had been planted in Asia Minor. He was rejoicing in their salvation and their lives that could be lived for the glory of God. He looked ahead to their eternal inheritance which was sealed for them by the Holy Spirit in them. Read his words to Ephesus.
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,” (Ephesians 1:11).
Notice how Paul looks at the whole of life, no matter whether it is bright and full of blessing, or testing and full of pain and suffering. He “works all things according to the counsel of his will!”
How can we gain that attitude in this present coronavirus pandemic crisis? Will we give in to self-pity, or will we look for God’s counsel being worked out to proclaim the riches of His grace in Christ through the gospel. I challenge you to look at that verse again and measure your attitude by HIS glorious will. “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
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