Titus 1; Jeremiah 13-14; Psalm 125
The old saying was that “all roads lead to Rome.” During the days of the Roman Empire, as they sought to solidify their rule, they created the roads and pathways they needed to transport men and materials to and from Rome. So, all roads led to Rome.
There was a purpose for the Roman roads. There is a purpose for Christian faith. “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness– a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time” (Titus 1:1-2) That purpose is to come to godliness and experience the hope of eternal life.
We deal with different circumstances every day. God has a purpose in each and every circumstance. His plan, His purpose is that we might grow in godliness and gain more of the hope of eternal life. Every circumstance is designed to draw us closer to God. Just as all roads lead to Rome, though, they also lead away from Rome, depending on your direction. So even if every circumstance is designed to draw us closer to God, if we are going the wrong direction, every circumstance will lead us away from God.
That may be a good test of our spiritual condition. How do we react in the different circumstances of life that we face? If we react in a way that draws us closer to God, we are on the right path. If we always react in ways that seem to be leading away from our fellowship with God, then we may need to look at our purpose in life and get back to realizing the God loves us and does have a plan for us.
Lord, I don’t always react the way that I should when facing difficulties in life. I get mad; I say things I regret; I take things personally. Give me the grace to see how everything I endure can make me stronger as Your follower.