Do Not Blame Circumstances

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Yes, some people have more problems than others, but it can be self-inflicted. If guilt-depression was circumstantial, then there should have been more depressed people during the Great Depression in the 1930s, but there were not. People were very poor and hardly ever had meat to eat or shoes to wear. These circumstances did not propagate more crime nor depression from the individuals. I think the rich have problems and the poor have problems, the problems are just different. Everyone has problems that are allowed by God so that we would reach out for Him.

The book The Hiding Place is the famous story of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie, who lived for one year in a Nazi concentration camp. Neither Betsie nor Corrie talked about self-pity or depression. Betsie found good even in the plague of fleas and lice in their bunks. She noticed that the guards would leave them alone at night due to the fleas and lice. She knew it was from God, for it provided them with a window of time to share the Bible with the other prisoners. She never lost sight that God was with her; even under the torture of that hellish situation, she had joy in her heart, concern to share Christ with others, love in her heart, and a smile on her face. Betsie’s dying words were, “Corrie, we have got to go back and tell them that there is no pit so deep that Jesus is not still deeper. They will listen to us, because we have been there.” Betsie had a relationship with God and Christ—they were in her heart, and no matter where she was, God was right there with her. She stayed focused on God and His working around her and she depended on God. The circumstances were so bad that she basically starved inside one year.

Okay, so you have had it hard—then go back and tell the world that you have been there and you had God, so there is no pit so deep that Jesus Christ is not still deeper. God wants you in the circumstance you are in for training for eternal life. He wants you to take this opportunity to call on Him at all times and for all things until He is your everything—God and Christ in our heart. He wants you to praise Him in your circumstance so that others can find Him too.

 

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