God and Your Circumstances

iStock_000019618003XSmallThere’s a common saying, “I’m doing well considering the circumstances.”  In other words, I’d be doing really well if the circumstances were better.

If you are like me you can look back at an unfavorable circumstance that ultimately worked out in your favor.

Stories like this abound in the Bible.  There is the story of Jonah who ran from God.  That is not the brightest thing to do.  Eventually Jonah found himself on a boat in the midst of a violent storm.  Then the men on board threw him into the sea and Jonah winds up inside a large fish.  God used all of those unfavorable circumstances to accomplish His purpose which was for Jonah to bring revival to the city of Nineveh.

Joseph was loved by his father, hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, cast into prison in Egypt, and forgotten.  Yet God used the positive and the negative circumstances, one circumstance after another to bring Joseph all the way to the position of Prime Minister of Egypt.

Your life will likely be the same (excluding the Prime Minister part).  Circumstance after circumstance, good or bad, will be used by God to accomplish His purpose in your life.  It takes all kinds of circumstances to produce the person and the outcome God is after. God has a particular design in mind for you, and He will work through each one until He arrives at the finished product.  His personal development plan for your life will be multi-faceted, but you will like the finished product.

Circumstances.  At times you will wonder what’s going on.  Your patience may run thin as you speculate as to whether God is actually in your court.

He is.

In fact, God is right in the middle of your circumstances!


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I am Mike Henderson, pastor of New Hope Church, husband of my best friend, and proud father of five. I like to hike with my wife, golf with my kids, play basketball, read books, and start new projects. My purpose for this blog is to help people and to give people hope.