1 John 5:4 – This is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.
Good things as well as bad things happen to everyone. When difficult and problematic situations come into our life, there are two choices that we can make – acceptance or resignation. And there is a big difference between them.
Resignation is barren of faith in the love of God. It says, “Grievous circumstances have come to me. There is no escaping them.” When this attitude comes from a believer, it is a sign of defeat and lack of trust in the Almighty God. Many a time, when people resign to circumstances, they belittle God and His infinite power. They are looking into themselves and not looking unto God. Such people will surely fail in that situation. David, instead of looking to God for strength, fails in the moment when he commits adultery with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11:4).
Acceptance says, “I trust the goodwill, the love of my God. I’ll open my arms and my understanding to what He has allowed to come to me.” Thus acceptance leaves the door of hope wide open to God’s creative plan. Joseph, even when he was tempted by Potiphar’s wife, didn’t commit sin against God. Though he was put in the prison wrongfully, God was with him and eventually raised him to the position of second-in-command in Egypt (Gen.39:7ff.). The attitude of accepting God’s will, knowing that His will alone is the best, amidst any circumstance is what God wants us to have.