Posted on December 10, 2019 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
“A time to gain, and a time to lose, a time to keep, and a time to throw away.” Ecclesiastes 3:6
“Get comfortable being uncomfortable” is a quote a good friend of mine taught me. The idea of comfort, although often pursued, can also be tragic. Getting used to a condition instead of moving to a better place is a temptation we all struggle with. I see many people settling for bad and thinking it’s normal. When I see people struggling to gain victory over a life-dominating issue, I find that eventually they just accept it as the “new normal”.
I don’t believe God wants us to live in a bad situation. The Bible teaches that “All things work together for good” and “count it all joy when various trials come”. Therefore, maybe the reason for “Bad” is to bring about “good”. I don’t want to minimize some of the tragic things that happen to some people, but I do think it’s important not to let the inconveniences or challenges of life put us on the sideline.
Our view of “Bad” can be the difference between overcoming or living in defeat. These conditions have nothing to do with salvation, once you’re a child of God nothing can change that. It’s the rest of the story that needs to be played out according to Scripture. We are to glorify God with the way we live our lives. To take God at His word is to believe what He says about trials.
James tells us that recognizing the times means we should be wise, “knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing”. So, bad is good, the key is to not normalize bad. When we get comfortable in a bad situation, there’s no victory. When we make ourselves uncomfortable in our pain, we can possibly seek out the purpose and begin to turn bad into good. “Yesterday’s Gone” is an attitude. It’s a call to persevere and accomplish the goal. The main ingredient in this endeavor is to focus on God and the goal of glorifying Him in all we do.
I don’t know what your today is going to look like, but I do know the One who does. God wants us to trust Him, in good times and bad. Be prepared, be ready in season and out of season. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time Keswick staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at email@example.com
Think About This: “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion; it is like a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” – Billy Graham
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.