Reaction vs. Response

Jennifer Merchant Blogs, Girls

Life is hard. It seems at every turn there is something unexpected that occurs. Unexpected bills, unexpected illness, unexpected deadlines, and unexpected life circumstances have the potential to paralyze us with fear concerning how to move forward. How will we pay that bill? How will we survive this medical treatment? How will we have enough time to accomplish all that is asked of us? How will we get through this?

In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

The Lord knows the full effects of us living in a fallen world. He knows that trials and tribulation are part of our day to day lives. He knows things are difficult. We have a choice when facing adversity and tribulation. We can choose to react out of frustration, or we can respond in trust.

Each season of life brings opportunity for growth. When presented with a difficult report from the physician, we can become angry and frustrated, or use it as a catalyst to increase our trust in the Lord. When we simply don’t know where all of the money is going to come from, or how to manage things at home and work, God is prodding us to seek Him more. The weight of carrying each burden on our own causes us to become bitter, unpleasant people, not resembling Christ at all. He offers peace in the midst of everything (Philippians 4:7).

When we choose to respond with greater trust in the Lord and His plan, we declare that we believe His ways are better than our own (Isaiah 55:8). We proclaim that though situations are difficult, His faithfulness and His goodness are steadfast.

By choosing to trust Him in the most difficult, darkest days, we become more like Him. We become more compassionate toward the heartaches that others endure. We become more aware that this world just isn’t home (Hebrews 13:14). And we desire to see the good in all things.

Today, I am certain that you, or someone close to you, are facing something that simply seems insurmountable. Be encouraged, believer. The Lord truly does want to use this for your good (Romans 8:28). Trusting Him doesn’t have to make sense.

I pray that when you receive bad news, a difficult report, or face financial trials, you will respond in trust. A life that constantly reacts in frustration will affect your attitude concerning every aspect of day to day occurrences. Choose to trust. Choose His peace. Choose His joy.

– Sydney Charlton