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Friday, October 10, 2014

Think About It


Into every life, trouble comes. It’s never if it comes, as it will and you won’t have to look for it, it will find you. In the book of James it says it this way: “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” (James 1:2). The implication is that troubles are opportunities in disguise, but we don’t often look at them that way. We get angry, blame others or circumstances and even get depressed.

A young man that I know recently lost his job. According to him, he was falsely accused and he was unfairly singled out and terminated while others, who were obviously, (according to him), more deserving of being fired continued on in employment. He posted his story on social media and got numerous comments and counsel. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw how many encouraged this young man to look beyond the circumstances and towards a brighter future. Some in the young person’s life saw the events as opportunities to do something new.

The story of Joseph is a great illustration of what can come out of trouble. If you’re familiar you will remember that initially his brothers sold Joseph into slavery. Although he found favor with his owner he was subsequently falsely accused of sexual improprieties and placed in jail. Through a series of events Joseph found himself second next to Pharaoh. This position afforded him the opportunity to save his family from death and starvation. Ironically Joseph saw the troubles as part of God’s direction in his life. We know this because when he revealed his true identity to his brothers he said, “But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” (Genesis 45:5).

Each of us has a choice in that we can see things through the eyes of a victim where things are happening to us, or we can see things as opportunities and that the events in life are actually happening for us. The choice is always ours. Think about it.


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Yours Truly said...

The story of Thor, the god of Thunder is another good story about opprtunity....

McElwain Hall said...

Thank you for your words. They are very timely in helping me understand and deal with my own situation.