An individual’s attitude is more revealing about them than anything else. It shows their character, or the lack of it. It demonstrates their self-discipline, or the need of it. It indicates the strength of their personality or the weakness of their endurance. It will whisper of their humility or broadcast their arrogance. It will display their faith or unmask their pride.
A person’s attitude can be obscure to them by choice, leading to folly or a faithful teacher when recognized and dealt with. A person’s attitude dictates if they learn from their mistakes or repeat them. It says volumes to the world around them, and even more to God of the universe who is in heaven.
For it is our attitude that God watches and evaluates, not the troubles that tests us. When all is said and done it will be our attitude that signifies if we truly trusted God in spite of life’s wrongs or held Him responsible for them because we leaned on our own understanding. It is our attitude that proves if we have faith in Jesus Christ: His Lordship, and Divinity, His death in our place, His resurrection in power, His leading, and His control of our lives.
Faith in Jesus Christ is a lifetime choice in response to the Holy Spirit. A positive attitude of trust in God is a daily choice of obedience. It is childish to mistakenly think that all that faith is in regards to God meeting our wants as opposed to Him taking care or our real needs, especially when His care appears to be absent while in the mist of tragedy and at deaths doorway. Mature faith is NOT concerned with God giving us what we ask for (and yes there is always a place for petition, but it is a pail comparison compared with virtue of trusting God with every aspect of our life – as such, with growth we find ourselves spending less time attempting to tell God what we think we need, and more time trusting what He brings according to His own good Will. This is the substance of Biblical faith. Study Hebrews Chapter 11 regarding for those that died not having received the promise, then read chapter 12 concerning Jesus, the originator and perfecter of faith, who is the example of faith for us all); it is trusting Him for what He puts us through, that He is with us, and cares and loves us – faith is a relationship. Faith says:
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” (Job 13:15a)
“…nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39b)
Reprinted from: www.FaithBibleMinistries.com