There are so many difficulties we face in this life. Last week, in the middle of renovating the downstairs of their house, Rebecca had an IRS audit, a bat in the house, and then her father passed away.
I’m in the third week of a fibromyalgia flare, and no matter the therapy I do or the medications I take, I’m in constant pain.
These things are not unique to our generation, of course. Hebrews Chapter 11 tells us about those who were tortured, mocked, imprisoned, stoned, and sawed in two, among other things. In Revelation Chapter 2, we read that some of those in the church at Smyrna will be cast into prison, tested, and have tribulation for ten days until their deaths. The church at Pergamum dwells right where Satan’s throne is.
No matter what our circumstances, though, each and every day we can choose to serve the Lord, but we don’t often think that way. We prefer to ask the Lord to change our circumstances.
To reflect that, I’ve added a new verse to Third Hepzibah, a book that my husband and I created years ago to contain all those things we like to think the Bible says:
When you have healed us, Lord, we will serve You. When you have prospered us, Lord, we will serve You. When you have redeemed our nation, Lord, we will serve you. When you have removed the evil ones from among us, Lord, we will serve you. III Hepzibah 4:1-4
God, of course, sees things from a different perspective. He calls us to follow Him regardless of our circumstances. I once knew an elderly widow who bounced out of bed each morning and asked, “Lord, how can I serve You today?” We would do well to follow her example.
If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)