What is God Concerned with?

I read a quote the other day by Antonio Smith aka Rev Tony on Facebook.

He said, “God isn’t concerned with changing your circumstances, He is using them to change your character.”

Now I would have to strongly agree with that statement and I would like to share with you why.

Many of you know that in 2002, I hit rock bottom. I was only twenty-four years old, but I was in complete chaos. I suffered from extreme anxiety, control issues, depression and numerous addictions. My marriage was falling apart, as were my relationships with my entire family. My thoughts and words were filled with negativity and lies, and I had accumulated major credit card debt. As my problems piled up, they began to manifest physically through severe neck and back pain, as well as numbness in my left arm and left side of my face. I had no love for myself, no joy, no peace and no happiness. My entire life was in complete and utter chaos.

I believe with all my heart, God could have changed every single one of my circumstances in a split moment. He is God after all! But what would I have gained really? I look back on my journey and I thank God for guiding me out of that pit of hell exactly the way He did. God truly used my trials and suffering to mold and sharp my character to be more like Him. He used them for the good.

Now, because all that I have learned over the last 11 years, I can choose to look at any unpleasant circumstance that I might be going through, as an opportunity for God to transform my character to be more like Him.

I encourage you to take your eyes off of your current circumstances and choose to focus them onto Christ. Choose to see the good in where you are. Choose to be grateful and to thank God for all that you do have. Choose to see the opportunities to be molded and shaped by Christ Himself.

Encouraging Verses:

  • James 1:2-4 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.
  • Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

God desires to restore and transform all of us, no matter where we are on our journeys, whether we are just getting to know Him or whether we have a long history of faith in Him. Learning to be still before God was the founda­tion of my freedom and sustained peace. When we truly begin to “be still and know that [He] is God” (Psalm 46:10), our lives will begin to transform. We cannot rest in the Presence of God and walk away unchanged—He specializes in our complete restoration. And, we can approach God with confidence that He will respond to our seeking. God assures you in Scripture that He “will be found by you” when “you seek [Him] with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:14, 13). You are encouraged to “come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8). Come rest in His Presence, and allow Him to reveal to you His transforming power and love.

Be Love, Give Love

Abby

About the Author

Abby

Abby Lewis has a degree in Health and Wellness and her massage therapy license. She is the author of Living Still and producer of A Breath~in Stillness. Her life’s work is to passionately encourage others to experience transformation of spirit, mind and body by learning to practice “living still.”

Comments

  1. Very good.Thank you very much

  2. Very good.Thank you very much