Will you change by...........


from:Allen, Myra

to:All Students

Time Nov. 20, 2011

We concluded the week on "Will you change by" with focusing on making changes because of a crisis and or circumstances. We sometimes think of this as a negative, but actually maybe because of the unsual circumstance this change is needed and can work for our good.

It can be easy to think that God is obligated to make life easy for us and to remove all of our difficult circumstances. But, the truth is that during hard times God is preparing us for greater things. If He removed the difficult circumstances in our lives, we would probably never mature.

James 1:2-4 says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." In other words, rejoice in "trials of many kinds", because they test your faith, which causes you to grow closer to God. Indeed, God assures us that something beneficial can come from the hard times in life.

It is during times of testing that such people developed the strength and character for which we respect them. Therefore, don't always beg God to change your circumstances. Instead, view each as an opportunity for God to change you, making you "mature and complete, not lacking anything."

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