Circumstances in Light of God’s Character2
by Gray Blocker
Over the last few years, I have realized that my trust in the Lord can stem from my circumstances and not from His character. When life is easy or I feel in control, I believe He is a good God. But do I have this same viewpoint when things don’t go according to my plan or when I don’t feel His presence? In order to truly trust the Lord, we must remind ourselves of a few of God’s unchanging attributes.
God is gracious. “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (Psalm 103:8)
God is constant. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
God is sovereign. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8-9)
God is faithful. “If we are faithless, He remains faithful – for He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)
When God told Moses that he would not enter the Promised Land – his goal for 40+ years – instead of dwelling on this unplanned and unwanted situation, Moses immediately praised the Lord. He said, “The Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4) When we experience suffering or when our plans simply change, is our initial reaction to praise the Lord or to complain and doubt Him?
Thankfully, God remains faithful to the covenant with His people because of Christ’s character and not our character. There’s nothing we can do or fail to do to gain His love and grace. We stand accepted before the throne only because of Christ’s sacrifice and righteousness in our place. Such peace comes from keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and not looking around at our constantly changing circumstances.