PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Unaffected By CircumstancesJohn Tilton
2 Corinthians 8:1-5 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches.In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.
The Macedonian people although challenged with trials and of meager means, did not let their circumstances afftect their hospitality, help and support of Paul and team. In addition, they asked for the privilege of doing so and exceeded expectations, or as we way, threw their hearts over the line.
I ponder how often I may tend to let my circumstances if dire or challenging affect by intent and desire to help and support others or even stress out about the things that are my responsibility? I can see where perhaps we can make excuses or think of the challenges or lack of means and resources, rather then what we can do with what God has blessed us with? We tend to focus on the cannots, rather then the can dos. The Macedonians did not let their means and trials keep them from blessing Paul and team. I want to remember not to let my situation or circumstances affect my ability to be used by God. I need to take the first step and permit God to bless and equip me for what I will need including resources and open doors. I need to see the potential not the poverty.
Lord, please help me to remember not to let circumstances and situations of life and matters define or prevent me from being used by you and being willing to help and support others in their call to serve you and your will.