This year is going to have some tough, terrible days.
There, I said it.
January 1, and I just said the thing none of us wants to think about heading into the New Year.
You are going to fight with a friend or spouse this year. You are going to get news about your health, or the health of a family member, and you are going to feel like a train hit you. Your business is going to have hard days, and your boss is most likely going to act in an unfair manner. People are going to gossip and have negative things to say about you without ever even asking you for your side of the story. Someone close to you is going to hurt you. Someone you love may even be taken from you.
2020, just like every year before it, is going to bring difficulty into your life. But you aren’t surprised are you? Remember what Peter wrote…
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you” (1 Peter 4:12)
No, we will not be surprised when bad things come, because we expect them. However, we can do one thing differently this year. We can begin right now, on the first day of the year, to commit every situation to God.
For every difficulty that arises this year, I challenge you to take three actions…
- Seek Scriptural Responses. We are quick to seek counsel and advice from others. We will go to Google or to a friend and find out what they have to say. However, we are often slow to apply the Bible to our issues. When faced with difficulty, remember that there are scriptures that tell us how to deal with sickness, death, marriage, children, finances, employment, and much more. The Bible is our handbook. Let us use it.
- Pray about it. Prayer works. Prayer changes situations. More often, and more needed, prayer changes us. You would be amazed at how much better you can handle a difficult meeting, task, or conversation after spending time in prayer. In prayer, we connect with heaven and we quiet the rage of our own anxieties. When trouble comes, take a moment to pray.
- Glorify God. We exist for the purpose of bringing glory to God. When we are faced with difficulty, we are given a unique opportunity to show how good God is. Whether it be by worshipping in the midst of trouble, showing others how reliable God is through our steadfast confidence in Him, or by seeking to learn from Him in every situation, there is always a way to bring Him glory. This year, make the choice to always look for a way to bring glory to God, even in the toughest of times.
2020 may bring you the best of times. Even if it does, you will also find some difficulty coming your way. However, this year, commit that you will handle difficulty differently than you ever have. Let us live everyday, in everything, intentionally for Him!