“But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
The Book of James shows us the blessing of doing God’s will. Many will claim to love God and perform His will, but only the doers will be blessed. During seasons of adversity, we rush about seeking quick solutions in order to rid ourselves of all the trouble. But we need to remember our priority: to honor God and do His will.
The Book of Job teaches us that God will bless the faithful in due time. It also teaches us that Satan seeks to use adversity to turn us against God. Suffering can be a bitter pill to swallow, so we should not be surprised when Satan tempts us to quit or grow bitter. That’s why we need to ask God for strength to do His will when nothing seems to go our way. Our arch enemy seeks to destroy our faith and depict God as a cruel tyrant. But God not only cares for us, He always desires our very best.
Jesus described the futility of claiming to know God without doing His will:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).
Here are some things we should do to obey God during adversity:
1. Keep serving God in some capacity.
When our life gets upended by trials, we need to stick to the path of God’s blessing by serving Him. We should not get so rattled by the hits and dings of life that we taper off in our love for God. When we think of all that He has done for us, we will serve Him all the more.
2. Keep your eyes on Jesus.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
When we look at the circumstances of life alone, we can grow discouraged. We face so many struggles that seem to increase in severity. Only when we see God’s “big picture” can we understand the need to obey and trust Him. God’s plan for us includes making us more like Christ. But no one can endure the trials of life alone. That’s why we need to look to Jesus.
3. Make a commitment to say “yes” to God.
In one sense, the Christian has it much easier than unbelievers. Unbelievers must listen to many voices to determine who to listen to. Christians only have to listen to one voice: God’s. We learn what He expects of us from His Word. When we follow His Word, He blesses us. We don’t have to follow the latest trends or popular fads to determine what’s best for our life. We simply need to pledge to follow God wherever He may lead. He may lead us through the valley, and He may lead us through the dark storms. But He will not allow these things to swallow us alive, and He will safely guide us to shore.
Posted on Fri, April 8, 2016
by Sam Petitfils