“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;”
Do I have this attitude? Do I understand that no matter what comes my way, it has taken place in my life so that the gospel will be advanced?
Paul had huge trials in his life. He was stoned, left for dead, shipwrecked, beaten, mocked, ridiculed and run out of town – not just once but many times. It seems like he faced trouble anywhere he went. Yet he says that all these things helped to advance the gospel. In Phil 4:11, he says that he has learned to be content in any situation. That is because he knows every situation is for God’s glory in the end.
We moan an grumble over the slightest of hurts in our lives. We want them over quickly, and do everything we can to avoid trouble. When we get in a bind, or feel we have been wronged, we cry out in despair, wondering why God would allow such a thing. We blame Him for putting us in that situation, and wonder how He will get us out.
But the good news is that he has put us there to further our testimony! Every trial we overcome gives our testimony more weight, more substance. Every prayer that is answered is another opportunity to further the gospel.
So the next time you are in a troublesome situation, praise God! He is furthering the gospel in you and through you. That’s a reason to rejoice!
Lord, help me to see each trial as an opportunity, each test as a blessing, and each hard moment as another chance to share your love. Help me to show others the difficulties in life don’t bother me because I see them as a chance to spread God’s love.