Circumstances

* God used Jephthah despite his unfair circumstances

Jephthah, an illegitimate son of Gilead, was chased out of the country by his half-brothers.  He suffered as a result of another’s decision and not for any wrong he had done.  Yet in spite of his brothers’ rejection, God used him.  If you are suffering from unfair rejection, don’t blame others and become discouraged.  Remember how God used Jephthah despite his unjust circumstances, and realize that he is able to use you even if you feel rejected by some. (NLT)

Judges 11:1-2 – Now Jephthah of Gilead was a great warrior.  He was the son of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute.  Gilead’s wife also had several sons, and when these half-brothers grew up, they chased Jephthah off the land. “You will not get any of our father’s inheritance,” they said, “for you are the son of a prostitute.”

* Make good use of present circumstances

When Saul asked David to be in his service, he obviously did not know that David had been secretly anointed king.  Saul’s invitation presented an excellent opportunity for the young man and future king to gain firsthand information about leading a nation (“David went back and forth between working for Saul and helping his father”).

Sometimes our plans—even the ones we think God has approved—have to be put on hold indefinitely.  Like David, we can use this waiting time profitably.  We can choose to learn and grow in our present circumstances, whatever they may be. (NLT)

1 Samuel 16:19-21 – So Saul sent messengers to Jesse to say, “Send me your son David, the shepherd.”  Jesse responded by sending David to Saul, along with a young goat and a donkey loaded down with food and wine.  So David went to Saul and served him.  Saul liked David very much, and David became one of Saul’s armor bearers.

* Look at your circumstances from God’s point of view

What a difference perspective can make.  Most of the onlookers saw only a giant.  David, however, saw a mortal man defying almighty God.  He knew he would not be alone when he faced Goliath; God would fight with him.  He looked at his situation from God’s point of view.  Viewing impossible situations from God’s point of view helps us put giant problems in perspective.  Once we see clearly, we can fight more effectively. (NLT)

1 Samuel 17:26 – David talked to some others standing there to verify the report.  “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and putting an end to his abuse of Israel?” he asked them.  “Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”

* Steps for dealing with difficult circumstances

When Hezekiah was confronted with the frightening prospect of an Assyrian invasion, he made two important decisions.  He did everything he could to deal with the situation, and he trusted God for the outcome.  That is exactly what we must do when faced with difficult or frightening situations.  Take all the steps you possibly can to solve the problem or improve the situation.  But also commit the situation to God in prayer, trusting him for the solution. (NLT)

2 Chronicles 32:1 – After Hezekiah had faithfully carried out this work, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded Judah.  He laid siege to the fortified cities, giving orders for his army to break through their walls.

* God has put you, in your circumstances, where you are for a purpose

After the decree to kill the Jews was given, Mordecai and Esther could have despaired, decided to save only themselves, or just waited for God’s intervention.  Instead, they saw that God had placed them in their positions for a purpose, so they seized the moment and acted.  When it is within our reach to save others, we must do so.  In a life-threatening situation, don’t withdraw, behave selfishly, wallow in despair, or wait for God to fix everything.  Instead, ask God for his direction, and act!  God may have placed you where you are “for just such a time as this.” (NLT)

Esther 4:13-14 – Mordecai sent back this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that you will escape there in the palace when all other Jews are killed.  If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance for the Jews will arise from some other place,  but you and y0ur relatives will die.  What’s more, who can say but that you have been elevated to the palace for just such a time as this?”

* Circumstances not always a measure of God’s goodness

Job refuted Zophar’s idea that evil people never experience wealth and happiness, pointing out that in the real world the wicked do indeed prosper.  God does as he wills to individuals, and people cannot use their circumstances to measure their own goodness or God’s—they are sometimes (but not always) related.  Success to Job’s friends was based on outward performance, success to God, however, is based on a person’s heart. (NLT)

Job 21:1 – Then Job spoke again

* How believers can react to circumstances

By saying that he “will not be shaken,” David was talking about the unique sense of security felt by believers.  God does not exempt believers from the day-to-day circumstances of life.  Believers and unbelievers alike experience pain, trouble, and failure at times.  Unbelievers have a sense of hopelessness about life and confusion over their true purpose on earth.  Those who seek God, however, can move ahead, confident in knowing what is right in God’s eyes.  They know that God will keep them from straying off his chosen path. (NLT)

Psalm 16:8 – I know the Lord is always with me.  I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

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