Circumstances Change—God Doesn’t
As part of this thing called life, many of us experienced crises connected to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t get discouraged or dismayed because God is still who He says He is. He’s going to do (and has done) what He said He was going to do. As believers, we should still be excited about the things of God; sometimes the best time to be saved is right in the midst of turmoil and unrest. However, if you need a miracle, you’ll get one because God is still in the miracle-working business. There is no lack in Him—He promised us throughout all times that He would never leave nor forsake us. That’s a promise we can hold onto. Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
We’re still in the midst of a pandemic, something most of us have never experienced before. But while we haven’t, God has been in times like these before. I’m reminded of Joseph, a man of wisdom, that Pharaoh asked to interpret a dream. The dream forewarned of a seven-year famine, during which the people of Egypt lacked no good thing. God is not a respecter of persons, so neither will you lack any good thing! If He did it for Joseph and He did it for Egypt, He’ll do the same thing for you and me. As a matter of fact, sometimes we have confidence and faith in our jobs, skills, and abilities because they can generate money for us. However, when money fails, like Joseph, we can still prosper when we walk in the wisdom of God.
We often quote, “Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph” and “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” as positive Scriptures, but we need to get a new revelation and understanding of their meaning. I see many Christians today walking around with no joy, lacking the peace of God, or just simply unhappy. There’s a difference between being happy and having joy. See, you can easily be unhappy because happiness is based on your circumstance or the situation. I’ve never heard anyone say, “I’m un-joy today,” because joy is not based on your circumstances or situations; joy is based on what the grace of God has made available for your life. It’s available for everyone that calls on the name of the Lord. Happiness is more of a state of mind, while joy is emotionally rooted in our faith in Christ.
This thing called life brings happiness, sadness, triumph, and defeat. Life is no respecter of persons and happens to all people, good or bad, Christian or unsaved. However, when life comes at you, it’s not about the attack or challenge, it’s about how you respond in the midst of the situation. We can still have joy despite our circumstances by simply trusting in the Lord. Paul said, “That I might finish my course with joy.” I’m going to finish with joy, and I want you to finish your course with joy. The great news is that throughout our lives, only circumstances change—God does not. He is still in the miracle-, healing-, and blessing-business.