Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
My mother-in-law used to intimidate me by telling of her conversion. When she came to know Christ she was “delivered” of all of the pain of her childhood. I’d listen to her with a reverent awe because I was so envious. For me, my healing was slow and trials have weighted me down. It has been a moment-by-moment, bit-by-bit becoming like Christ. No miracle for me. But, let me say loudly, “praise God” for that.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Each trial, either inwardly or outwardly is there to make us into something more. God wants to use it all. That is a radical way to look at things. God wastes nothing.
Instead of categorizing our trials as “bad luck”, we should be recognizing it as a way God will transform us. Our situations are not random, but something God allows to be able to use it somehow to better us, to make us into what he wants.
How you might ask? Only God can really answer it, but I know that the testing of our faith in EVERYTHING produces endurance.
The orphan mentality sees bad luck or trials as something they bring on themselves because they are not good enough to receive favor or good luck simply because of who they are. So, when bad things happen or adversity happens they immediately go to the “of course, it’s what I deserve” category. We need not to think of who we are, but WHO’S we are.
All too often I’ve been in that guilty category of looking at every little thing that goes wrong as my “curse” at being an orphan instead of stopping and asking what might God be trying to show me in it and trusting him in the midst of it.
Realizing this new way of thinking about trials will get you to the point of truly rejoicing in all adversity and growing in your faith.
How are you going to look at the bumps in your day today?