Wednesday, February 13, 2013

in all circumstances

For behold, he who forms the mountains
and creates the wind, 
and declares to man what is his thought, 
who makes the morning darkness, 
and treads on the heights of the earth-
the LORD, the God of hosts, is his name!
Amos 4:13

This week God has been so kind in reminding Jonny and I of his power from his word.
His power and his sovereignty and his grace.
Nothing catches God by surprise.
He is never caught off guard.
So when we are, which is often,
for we know not what tomorrow brings, 
it is an amazing to comfort to know that God is in control.
And not in a cliche sort of way.
Like really, truly believing that our circumstance is no accident.
Or even unfair.
Even when everything is seeming to crumble. 

Where is your hope?

Where is your security?

Where is your joy?

If your hope is found in your circumstance.
You will be let down.
If your security is found in your lot.
You will know no peace.
If your joy is dependent on anything apart from God and the love he has shown in Christ,
you will be continually disappointed.

If your joy comes from knowing you've been saved, 
that your sin has been paid for,
purchased on the cross of Christ, 
you can approach all circumstances rejoicing!
Because of our sin, death is what we all deserve; 
death and a eternity separated from God.

But God is merciful and has made a way.

But God, being rich in mercy,
because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ. 
Ephesians 2:4-5

Having been made alive in Christ, Jonny and I have every reason to rejoice! 
In all circumstances.

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