Be better, not bitter

Climbing the mountain

Image by Leia via Flickr

There are those who turn justice into bitterness
   and cast righteousness to the ground.
(Amos 5:7)

Sharon continually wanted the best things in life. She would purchase the best wine, cars, dining out at expensive restaurants, along with buying the best in clothes. Her goal was to give an image of success. She purchased these things using her credit card thinking she would be able to repay it back. Sharon then lost her job. The things she thought were so important were suddenly being taken away from her. Her house, her car and the ability to buy the best was gone. How could God do this to me? She wondered. He must not care at all about me, or maybe there is no God.

When hard things happen in our life, we humanly look for someone to blame. We really don’t want the finger pointing at us that perhaps we made an unwise choice. Instead of looking for someone to blame, we could better use our energy to see what God is trying to teach us. Remember God’s promise that he will never leave us or forsake us. He is always working in our lives. His plan is perfect for each of us, and sometimes that means going through the valley and experiencing challenges. If we persevere and follow God, we will once again reach the mountaintop. We will be changed.

Prayer: God, I thank you for your promises. I pray that even when challenges arise that I may follow you closely and not become bitter but continually thankful. Amen

Faith tip: Struggling with something today? What do you think God is trying to teach you?

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