To Whom It May Concern--if the title applies to YOU
Whatever the CIRCUMSTANCES that seem to press so hard against you, if you surrender them to Christ totally, they are the best-shaped tool in the Father’s hand to further chisel you for Eternity. Trust Him then. Don’t push away the instrument lest you lose its work. God doesn’t send adverse things, but He allows them for His purposes. Satan may have meant your situation for evil, but God uses it for your good and for His glory. Embrace your circumstances as ultimately from your loving Lord and ask Him what it is He wants you to learn from them. Let Him know you are listening and will be obedient.
Whatever you are going through is not a setback but something God has permitted in His perfect plans for your life. You are not on a detour or off the track. God is keeping you in the hollow of His hand, sheltered in His love.
Trust God no matter how things look, whether positive or negative, hopeful or discouraging in your CIRCUMstances. “Circum” is a term for what is AROUND you in the material, emotional, and social world—a part of the world and its cares and concerns that you share with all humankind.
You may feel hedged in or pressed upon by some situation that you can’t get out of or get away from. But remember that as an obedient child of God, you can stand secure in His invisible nucleus, right in the center of God’s will for your life.
The Bible tells us about many bad “-ites” – Hittites, Amorites, etc. But if you belong to the Lord, you are one of God’s “favor-ites.” You stand within the circle of His blessing, (a better definition of CIRCUMSTANCES!) and you are “circum-ed,” or surrounded by His love for you.
Don’t feel confused or uncertain about any new situation that comes up. Just stand firm and stay rooted and grounded in Christ right where you are. As they say, bloom where God planted you because that is exactly where He wants you. You may not think that your circumstances are a lovely flower garden. They may be restricted and negative. But don’t move out of God’s circle of blessing, come what may. It may not look much like a place of blessing, but it is! Don’t be afraid of anything or doubt God or be double-minded. Stay full of faith in God and you will be centered in Him who has full control of all the “circum” stuff around you and within you that may seem to be “out of order.” Nothing is out of God’s control—and neither are you.
Be aware that there are “other witnesses” (visible and invisible) (Hebrews 12:1) surrounding you and cheering you on to remain strong and faithful and persevering...—including me, your friend and prayer partner,