Whenever people pray for patience, God tends to have a sense of humor placing individuals into extreme circumstances. These scenarios put patience to the test, seeing whether you will pass or fail. Well, a few weeks ago I wrote a blog about making the best of difficult situations at work. Apparently, the Lord has given my faith a pop quiz to see if I am practicing what I have preached about recently.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope, Romans 15:4.
The apostle Paul points to endurance as a key element to get you through troubling times in life. Endurance includes acceptance, bearing with, fortitude, persistence and tenacity to withstand curve balls that interrupt your life. According to the passage above, Christians undergoing trials should seek guidance from the Bible. As you receive encouragement from God’s promises, it is possible to make the best of a difficult situation.
But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts], Galatians 5:16.
However, there is an invisible force that you must be cautious of to avoid acting out impulsively without any regard for God and his precepts. When push comes to shove, childish ways inside of me are about to erupt, wanting to throw a tantrum like the days of my youth. Unless you habitually keep in step with the Holy Spirit, ungodly words will come out of your mouth. Thus, until I get this area of my life under control, I won’t be able to make the best of a difficult situation.
by Jay Mankus