“When times are good, be happy, but when times are bad, consider.” - Eccl. 7:14
Bad times can be grouped in 3 categories.
- When your (or loved one’s) health fails.
- When your (or loved one’s) business fails.
- When your (or loved one’s) relationship fails.
Whenever any of these 3 fail in our lives, it’s time for us to consider.
When times are bad, God doesn’t tell us to be bitter or angry. He doesn’t tell us to complain or blame others. Nor does He tells us to lose hope & drown in despair.
Instead, God tells us to consider.
Consider what exactly?
Consider that it is God who grants us both the good times and the bad times.
(Yes, in the Bible, God takes full responsibility for both the good times and the bad times. Both the sunshine and the rain.)
And consider the lesson we can learn through the bad times.
And if we, in our heart of hearts, decide to consider (instead of whining & complaining) God promises to grant us the patient endurance and wisdom to see the “blessing in disguise” in the bad times.
To all who are reaching out to feel the guiding hand of God, the moment of greatest discouragement is the time when divine help is nearest. They will look back with thankfulness upon the darkest part of their way. “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly,” 2 Peter 2:9. From every temptation and every trial He will bring them forth with firmer faith and a richer experience. - DA 528
Whatever may be our situation, we have a Guide to direct our way; whatever our perplexities, we have a sure Counselor; whatever our sorrow, bereavement, or loneliness, we have a sympathizing Friend. If in our ignorance we make missteps, Christ does not leave us. His voice, clear and distinct, is heard saying,”I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” John 14:6. - COL 171
The Christian life isn’t about a life that is free from pain and suffering.
Rather, it’s a life full of pain & suffering with the wisdom to consider & transform the pain and suffering into God’s blessing in disguise.
So, if you’re going to bad times, please consider & transform.