What is your Response to Difficult Circumstances? By Tori Wallace

When I was in the 11th grade, my parents got me a hot pink Message Bible for Christmas. I chuckle to myself now thinking about how excited I was that it was hot pink, but I still remember how tightly I clung to this Bible when I got it. Grade 11 was difficult for me. I didn’t really have any friends, so I would spend weekends alone at home. I felt like a loser; I didn’t really know what it was about me that was “uncool”. Even though looking back, I am so thankful that I didn’t compromise who I was for popularity, at the time, that year was incredibly difficult. It was during this hard year that I heard God speak to me, very clearly, for the first time. He showed me (in my hot pink Message Bible!) Ephesians 3:14-21. The very first line jumped out at me: “my response is to get down on my knees before the Father”. I felt God ask me: “what will your response be?”

I am now 25, and God still asks me this question. When life throws difficulties at me, I hear God’s still, kind voice asking me how I will respond. God asks us all to respond to the inevitable hurt and pain that this world throws at us by getting on our knees before Him, “this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and Earth.”  He is calling and He is waiting for you. I encourage each of you to get down on your knees before our loving Father, and read the verse below out loud. He longs to be our refuge in trouble. He is HERE WITH YOU. He is waiting for you; what will your response be?

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:14-21 The Message (MSG)

Prayer: God I thank you that you ask me to give my burdens, my heartbreaks, and my difficulties to you to carry for me. I thank you that you are not distant, but you are here, with me. I am so grateful. Help my response to difficulties be to get down on my knees before you.

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