Hard times…they may not be the same in nature for everyone, but we certainly all have them. Of course, the challenge is getting through them, and preferably as quickly as possible! You may have heard the saying “in all things, be content”. Well, many interpret “content” as “satisfied”. Satisfied with hard times? Not so! I’m challenging you to take a different approach. In all things, be discerning and appreciative. It’s easy to get distracted or even swept away by the emotions of a hard season. This flurry of emotional activity can even cause us to spin our wheels unnecessarily, making ill-advised decisions in an attempt to fix the problem. But discerning the season, praying for God’s understanding and guidance to live and grow through it instead of fighting against it, will help to keep your emotions in check. Each season- good or bad- is necessary to prepare for the next season. Just as fall prepares the earth for winter, winter for spring and so on, God uses each season in our lives to prepare us for our God-given purpose in the next season. Being appreciative, thanking God for the preparation process and for providing all you need going through it, will result in a humble posture, readying your spirit to receive all that each season has for you. This posture will take you out of the “fix-it” equation (freedom!), keep you close to the heartbeat of the Father, allow God to be God in your life, and thereby often shorten or prevent the need for repeating the same hard seasons. That’s what He wants anyway: for you to live abundantly, free from worry, fully dependent on Him, and for Him to get the glory. Total win – win!
“So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:
They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.”– Romans 8:31-39 The Message Bible