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"Under" the Circumstances?
Monday, August 17, 2020 by Leona Choy

A Fresh Slice of  Daily Bread


Let’s not lose perspective on this long journey. Don't think of being “under” anything other than God's care and blessing. Whatever the CIRCUMSTANCES that seem to press so hard against us, if we surrender them totally to Christ, they are the best tool in the Father’s hand to further chisel us for Eternity. Let’s trust Him then.

God doesn’t send adverse things, but He allows them for His purposes. Satan may have meant your situation, the COVID-19 attack and your isolation, for evil, but God is using it for your good and for His glory. Embrace your circumstances as coming ultimately from your loving Lord. Ask Him what it is He wants you to learn from them. Let Him know you are listening and will be obedient.

Whatever you are going through is not a setback but something God has permitted in His perfect plans for your life. You are not on a detour or off the track. God is keeping you in the hollow of His hand, sheltered in the place of His love.

Trust God no matter how things look, whether positive or negative, hopeful or discouraging in your CIRCUMstances. “Circum” is a term for what is AROUND you in the material, emotional, and social world—a part of the world and its cares and concerns that you share with all humankind.

You may feel hedged in or pressed upon because this is a situation that you can’t get out of or get away from. Nevertheless, remember that as an obedient child of God, you can stand secure in His invisible nucleus, right in the center of God’s will for your life.

The Bible tells us about many bad “-ites” – Hittites, Amorites, Jebusites, etc. But if you belong to the Lord, you are one of God’s “favor-ites.” You stand within the circle of His blessing, (a better definition of CIRCUMSTANCES) because you are “circum-ed,” or surrounded by His love and protection.

Don’t feel confused or uncertain about any new situation that comes up while you are in God's secure circle. Just stand firm and stay rooted and grounded in Christ right where you are. Bloom where God planted you because that is exactly where He wants you at this present moment.

You may not think that your circumstances are a lovely flower garden. They may be restricted and negative. But don’t move out of God’s circle of blessing, come what may. It may not look much like a place of blessing, but it is! Don’t be afraid of anything or doubt God or be double-minded. Stay full of faith in God and you will be centered in Him who has full control of all the “circum” stuff around you and within you that may seem to be “out of order.” Nothing is out of God’s control—and neither are you.

The road is getting long and we may be getting weary. I need this encouragement today, and I have a feeling you do too. Let’s be aware that there are “other witnesses,” visible and invisible, (Hebrews 12:1) surrounding us and cheering us on to remain strong and faithful and persevering—

Your friend and prayer partner, Leona.

 


Comments

Julie Zimmerman From Minneola, FL At 8/18/2020 8:09:30 PM

Thanks so much for these reminders. Here at AIM's retirement Center none has gotten COVID-19 and only has tested positive but she is being tested again...we all think it was a false positive. Everyone and staff tested negative for which we praise the Lord. Love to you and your family, Julie

Reply by: Leona Choy

Praise the Lord for that good news! The Lord is our shield and stronghold from this evil pestilence. He redeems our lives from the pit and surrounds us with His tender mercies. May it be well with you as He continues to bless and satisfy you with long life.

Lisa Meadows From Stanley At 8/18/2020 11:49:23 AM

Thank you so much! You are such an encouragement! I recently wrote a book. If you’d like to read it I will send it to you. Just email your address. It’s titled, “My Life As a Girl-Singer (A Testimony of God’s Love). God bless you, precious woman of God!

Reply by: Leona Choy

I'm proud of your achievement, Lisa, and for the life of witness and using your gift from the Lord for His glory. I would be honored to receive a copy of your book. 497 Devland Dr. Winchester, VA 22603. Thank you.

Pam Lynn From At 8/18/2020 8:08:43 AM

Perfect words, perfect timing Leona. Just what I, and I'm sure others needed to hear. It's obvious the Lord is using you and your writing gift to minister to us. I thank God for you today Leona.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I always speak to myself first, whatever the Lord i dealing with me about. Let's encourage one another. I believe the Lord wants you to know that He is guiding you in the decisions you are making recently. Be patient for things to work outk.

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