Youth Ministry Devotions | Circumstances Devotional

When we think of the prime life we think of adventure, splendor and glory. A life full of excitement, one that we love to live. We all want that kind of life, we all hope for that kind of life, but for so many of us, it doesn’t seem like that will ever be a reality.
If we’re being honest, for so many of us life doesn’t feel prime at all. Our circumstances are a major factor in how we feel about life and when circumstances are good, life is good, but when circumstances are hard, life is hard. Circumstances can make life feel awesome, but they can also make life feel mundane, dysfunctional or tragic. For a lot of us, our current circumstances are making life feel anything but awesome.
Maybe your parents are divorced, or your family is having financial trouble, or someone in your family has cancer. Maybe you feel like you don’t fit in anywhere, or you’ve been dealing with anxiety for as long as you can remember, or you’re concerned that you’re not going to be able to graduate on time and go to the college of your dreams. The circumstances you’re facing feel out of your control, and because of that your entire life feels out of control.
Wherever you’re at and what ever you’re going through, no matter how out of control your life feels, Jesus give us hope and says this in the book of John:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
When your circumstances make it seem like a prime life is impossible, we can have hope that we have a God who has overcome the world. God’s promise to us wasn’t that he would change our circumstances, but that He can OVERCOME them. God still offers a prime life in the midst of the hard, the disappointing, the tragic and the mundane. We can have hope that God is with us and has a plan for us. In our hardest moments, there is an opportunity for God show up in ways beyond our imagination!
So today if life is hard, if your circumstances are just downright awful, take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. And if He can overcome the entire world — a world full of brokenness, anger, hurt, defeat, tragedy, sorrow and pain — then He can show up in the midst of our difficult times. And He hasn’t promised to just show up, He has promised to be with us, to overcome it, and to offer us life to the full despite our circumstances. Today, ask God to be with you and ask Him to show you what it looks like to have a full life despite difficult circumstances.

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Beth Romanoski

Beth Romanoski

Beth has been coming to BigStuf since 7th grade, was a BigStuf summer intern, and is now our Registration Coordinator. As Registration Coordinator, she now gets to hear countless stories from Youth Pastors about how BigStuf is a place where their students have learned more about who God is and who He has created them to be. She said, "It’s come full circle and I think that’s pretty incredible."

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