“See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15
No one is exempt from hardships. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:5 that there is a truth that surrounds every single difficulty that a follower of Jesus encounters. That truth is so wonderful it is called a word of encouragement. The encouragement? Every hardship a believer faces when submitted to God carries within it the potential to do two things for the believer:
1. Work out for my good/benefit.
2. Bring the believer a harvest of righteousness. Make them more like Jesus.
Therefore, we treat each hardship we face, even if they are not originating from the Lord as discipline with the potential to benefit us and make us more like Jesus.
God has a grace for each situation we face. That grace carries the power to not only see the believer through the trial but to release the power to change the situation and the believer who is going through it. The scripture tells us, don’t miss the grace that God is releasing for you in your trial!
How do we miss our grace?
By focusing on a woe is me attitude, exalting the trial or hardship above God’s grace. “God can’t fix this, I’m not even sure He wants to! He doesn’t love me or I wouldn’t be going through this!”
Watch out for this attitude because if you get stuck there, you are about to miss the release of the power of God. The Bible states that when we miss our grace, a bitter root springs up within us. We become bitter, angry people mired in self-pity, focusing on why is this happening rather than the potential of the situation.
That bitter root not only causes you trouble by cutting you off from delivering power but it also defiles everyone around you through the release of bitter, faithless words you speak about your situation to anyone who will listen.
Going through it? God has a specific release of grace (supernatural mercy and power) to release that will turn your situation from a something that brings death into a stepping stone to greatness.
Self-pity will not deliver you so watch your roots! Look for the grace of God! Any other view regarding your hardships will lead you to spiritual disability.