• Jack Selcher

How God Shapes You

Trusting God is an internal tug-of-war. During adversity, faith and fear pull you in opposite directions. Will you trust God in the middle of a seemingly overwhelming problem? Will fear make you feel helpless, hopeless and paralyzed? God uses adverse and favorable circumstances to test and strengthen your faith.

A faith test unfolds in Mark 4:35–41. Consider what happened before Jesus calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee. He told His disciples they were all going to the other side (verse 35). On their way, a furious storm exploded on them. Monstrous waves broke over and nearly filled the boat. The storm seemed to be in charge. Jesus’ disciples rebuked Him in verse 38. He didn’t seem to care about the storm. To the panicky, the trusting appear apathetic.

Jesus’ disciples forgot He’d said they were going to the other side. Their doubts and fears displaced their trust in His words. In verse 40, Jesus asked why they were so afraid. Where was their faith? In crisis, you easily forget that Jesus is Lord. You don’t recall that all things work together for your good (Romans 8:29). You don’t remember that God didn’t spare His own Son. He delivered Him up for you. Every lesser gift needed for life and godliness is thereby guaranteed (Romans 8:32). Some of God’s best gifts are camouflaged as a crisis. God uses circumstances to shape you.

From your perspective, your choices shape your destiny. But God knew that destiny before the creation of the world. From your point of view, certain circumstances that led to decision A, in turn led to decision B which led to C, etc.

God’s focus is on the person you’re becoming. The people you meet and the events of each day aren’t random. God is shaping you to be more like Jesus. He has used circumstances since the beginning of time to move history according to His purposes. He will graciously use you in the process. That’s why you can give thanks to Him in all circumstances. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #circumstances

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