Do you ever get frustrated with people? Maybe they're unloving, rude, unkind, inconsiderate, or distant.
Maybe they are slow, at least slower than you want them to be!
Or maybe they just don't comprehend what you're saying, and maybe they don't seem to care whether you understand or not.
Maybe they are just flat-out stubborn! Frustrating and hard, isn't it? I understand.
However, maybe you're in the midst of a trial — one you never expected to go through. How are you responding? How are you handling the pain, the trauma, the loss, the fear, the uncertainty?
Whether frustrated or in the midst of a trial, there's one thing you must do: CONSIDER JESUS. God has not left you alone. He hasn't abandoned you. He's still there. He's still the same. Neither His character nor His promises have changed. God does not alter the circumstances.
When life becomes frustrating, when things go wrong, when the suddenness of trials overtakes you, it's not because God has changed, forgotten you, or lost control of the situation. He still rules over man, nations, and circumstances.
He still rules, and He still cares. He provided what you need before you needed it. God's name is Jehovah Jireh. As Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, He has made provision for you to move through whatever you are experiencing as more than a conqueror. God has given you Jesus. He is there. If you are God's, Jesus is in you and you are in Him. He will never leave you nor forsake you so that you can boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6).
The book of Hebrews was written to a group of people who were suffering intensely because of their faith. They were living in a hostile environment. Some were in prison, others were stripped of their possessions simply because they belonged to Christ, and others suffered because they chose to stand by the ones who were being persecuted. Marriages were threatened by immorality.
It was so difficult that at times they wondered if they had made a mistake by embracing Christianity. Some began to wonder if what they believed about God, Jesus, and Christianity was even valid. What if they had been deceived? What if they had bought into a hoax from a few zealous evangelists?
Thus the writer of Hebrews, under divine inspiration, warned them not to drift away from what they once had embraced. Instead, they needed to consider Jesus and to be faithful! They needed to continue to walk in the obedience of faith, to hold fast their confidence in God and His Word, to not waiver in faith and thus find themselves walking in disobedience.
Hebrews was not only written for them, but for us as well.
Every situation of our lives that is frustrating, unpleasant, or tragic in one form or another is a test from God — a test that will do two things:
(1) It will prove whether or not we are going to believe and obey God or walk in the disobedience of unbelief, which is nothing less than sin.
(2) It is a test that will demonstrate to others whether or not our relationship with Jesus Christ makes a difference in our lives — whether or not Christians live on a higher plane.
Remember — we have a faithful High Priest who is there; a High Priest who became a man, who was tempted and tested — yet who did not sin, but believed God and was faithful even unto death. How thankful I am for that because His faithfulness wrought my salvation. When I consider Jesus, I know that not only is He there for me, not only does He live to make intercession for me, but if I want to be faithful, I can. Why? Because Jesus was human, feeling and experiencing the same things I do, but He was faithful. Hebrews 5:8 tells me that He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. Therefore, because He is in me and I am in Him, I can be more than a conqueror.
Second, since I profess Christianity and claim that Christ is in me, I need to consider how it is going to look if I don't respond in the way Jesus would have me respond. I know it's hard to respond in a Christ-like way when you don't feel like it, or when the pain is so great and you don't think you can bear it. But if I consider Jesus, His will, His promises, His reputation, His glory, then I will want to please Him, and not act out how I may feel at times.
Oh, Beloved, Consider Jesus and do what Hebrews 13:11-16 says — I will go outside the camp if necessary, bearing His reproach, remembering that the lasting city is not in this world; and through Him I will continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of my lips that give thanks to His name. Do not neglect in doing good and sharing God's goodness.
I have heard countless stories from people around the world who, no matter the situation, no matter the trial, no matter the heartbreak, considered Jesus and were able to walk in peace despite their storms.
My friend, what about you? Today, hear His voice. Do not harden your heart. Consider Jesus. There's no better way to live.
Host, Precepts For Life
Co-CEO, Precept Ministries International