When we focus our mind on our bad circumstances instead of our good God, it’s easy to lose our joy. How else could Paul be singing, after he was beaten and thrown into a horrible prison? He was not focused on his bleeding back or the unjust loss of his freedom; he was focused on God’s goodness. When the unsurpassed depth of God’s goodness works it’s way deep into our soul, our circumstances, no matter how horrible, are secondary.

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl, said that the one human freedom that no one can take away is the right to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances. If you’re reading this devotional, than it’s clear that your circumstances are likely nowhere near as bad as that of a beaten prisoner or a Holocaust survivor. Are you choosing to live as an obedient subject of to the king of pain? Why? Both the apostle Paul and Viktor Frankl were wrongfully imprisoned and easily could have been bitter and miserable, but they did not  allow their circumstances to define their reality. Our circumstances, either make us bitter or better. It is profound to think that no one can make our reality horrible unless we let them! It is empowering.

We have this wonderful promise from God:

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans‬ ‭8:38-39‬)  This is a promise from Almighty God! What a great relief to know that the mountain of problems we face today cannot define our reality or rob us of joy! God holds us in His hands.

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