Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. (Micah 7:8)
Life is full of ups and downs, gains and losses, set ups and setbacks. That part, we cannot change. Just like the seasons come and go, so does the rain and the sun. That’s God’s plan and design. We can’t stop the rain, just like we can’t stop the sun. To ignore these constants of life, is naive, to say the least.
Just like the farmer who welcomes the rain as well as the sun, we must be prepared for both. Somehow, it’s easier for us to grasp this concept when it comes to plants and agriculture. We know that all vegetation requires both sun and rain to live and thrive.
It’s a formula that has been the building block of life since the beginning of time. We can’t change it. However, we can change how we respond to it. Following are some responses that will give you victory when the rain becomes a storm and the sun brings a drought; when life becomes bitter.
Choose Your Foundation Wisely
One important response should be to listen to and obey the teachings of Jesus. In Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV) Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
In many ways, perception is everything. How you interpret a situation determines how you will respond to it. If you think that your house is made of stone but it is actually made of sand, life can and will seem difficult. Making a house out of stone would be equivalent to bettering yourself to strengthen your faith. We must have both sides of the faith equation to have a solid foundation. One victorious response is that you believe Jesus and study to show thyself approved. Know what Jesus said about you and believe Him. Have faith in the promises of Jesus.
Put Your Faith into Action
The second victorious response to stormy rain and the blistering sun is to put your faith into action.
You see, faith clears up your life's lenses so that you will see challenges differently than the average person. One person's "storm" is another person's challenge. Just this simple shift on words will make a world of difference in your outcome. A person with strong faith will typically be the type of person that always has a solution. If you tend to see more problems than solutions in your life, you might want to re-evaluate your level of faith. For truly, if you believe in the teachings of Jesus, nothing and nobody can stop you.
For example, if you know that you want to get to the house across the street, no obstacle will stop you from getting there. If there is construction, you will go around. If it is raining, you will bring an umbrella. That is how strong your faith should be in God when overcoming any challenge that comes in your life. You must take every opportunity to take your lemons and make lemonade, better yourself, and strengthen your situations or circumstances. Or, life can and will seem difficult. It seems crazy to bring an umbrella everywhere you go, until it rains.
People throughout history have taken lemons and made them into lemonade. Some did it so that they could have something to drink. Others did it so that they could have something to sell. Either way, both ideas would suggest that a person that is aware and prepared could take a negative situation and turn it into a positive and prosperous one.
This reminds me of the legendary story of Kind David, before he was king. David went into the fight of his life, against the biggest opponent that the world has ever seen. All he had with him was a sling shot, determination, and faith. David walked into a confrontation with a giant named Goliath. This giant came out of nowhere and was causing havoc in the city. If one were to look at Goliath, the average person's perception would be, “Wow, I am not prepared for this and the only thing I have is this tiny slingshot. This isn’t going to end well. How can I possibly do this? Why did I come?”. David’s perception was, “Wow! This guy is huge. Thankfully, I brought my slingshot. I can take him out easy. He won’t even see me coming. I’m about to make history!!”.
There are always those who rejoice to see the children of God having difficulties in life. Micah had the perfect response: “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me” (Micah 7:8). When your house (or life) is built on the words of Jesus, you can boldly tell your enemies that you will be victorious because your Savior said so. God has given you everything that you need to weather any storm and prosper. His promises are always good. For every bitter experience that comes into your life, use His sweet words to turn your situation into lemonade.