Since public education began to remove biblical principles from curriculum in the 1960’s, understanding the why’s in life is much foggier now. Instead of searching for real answers, there is a growing tendency to blame others, becoming a victim of circumstance. Unfortunately, the concept of taking personal responsibility for your actions is becoming rare, lost in the ebbs and flow of life.
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity, Proverbs 11:3.
According to Solomon, the virtue of integrity is a guiding light when things don’t go your way. Whether the trial you are currently facing is self induced or a mystery, adopting a Christ like attitude will provide a big picture view of your situation. While many overreact by losing control or their temper, giving into these raw emotions can lead to destruction. Perhaps, this may explain the apostle Paul’s words below.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Romans 8:38-39.
If anyone had the right to complain to God, it was the apostle Paul who was regularly arrested, beaten and accused for sharing his faith in Christ. I’m not sure how Paul handled every trying moment, but somewhere along the way he learned to consider each trial as an opportunity for growth. Thus, these experiences inspired the words above that remind anyone undergoing the ebbs and flow of life that nothing separate us from the love of God.
by Jay Mankus