There is an action (circumstance), a reaction and an outcome.
Circumstance + reaction = outcome
We often cannot control circumstances. There is a fire and we lose valuable information. The government passes a law that negatively affects our business. We’re supposed to meet a client and our car breaks down on the way.
But we can control our reaction to the circumstance and it is our reaction that will determine the ultimate outcome. Will the outcome be beneficial or will it make us bitter?
Our focus should be on a proper reaction not on the circumstance.
The wrong way to react is to grumble, complain and blame. None of those responses or reactions will create a good outcome.
The Bible gives us a clue on how to react… give thanks, count it joy, and cast your burdens.
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. If we release our anxiety by prayer filled with thanksgiving, God promises to fill our hearts with a peace that passes understanding.
Count it all joy when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience and maturity. This is a faith response of trusting God to work in the circumstance to bring about good fruit in us.
Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you. God invites us to give Him the burden, He can carry it we don’t have to. Release and relax.
All these responses require a certain amount of faith. Faith that God really does care and that He is bigger than any circumstance that hits us.