At some point and time in all of our lives, we will be faced with a problem, for some of us, more than one. We will be faced with situations and circumstances that are out of our control.
One truth that I want you to grab ahold of today is this: The situation you’re faced with means nothing. The limitations that present themselves in your life mean nothing. The obstacles that show up at your front door unannounced mean nothing. The most important thing is your perspective and response to the situations that arise in your life. Our attitudes are framed by our understanding. When we truly understand that the promises of God far outweigh the problems we may be faced with, our attitude toward the situation should change.
One of the most surprising facts about the world-renowned pianist, Beethoven, is that he was deaf. How can a musician, composer, and creator of so many ingenious compositions create the masterpieces that he did without the ability to hear?
By his perspective to the obstacle he was faced with!
Beethoven began to lose his hearing at the height of his career and eventually, became completely deaf. He could have easily surrendered to the limitations that hindered him from hearing, but instead, he looked at it as a challenge. He took his circumstance as an opportunity to get stronger at his craft. Because he could no longer hear, he sawed the legs off of his piano so he could sit it on the floor to feel the vibrations of each string as he played. Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9,” what many consider one of his greatest masterpieces, was written while he was completely deaf. He couldn’t hear a single note of it. But he was determined that his limitations would not limit him. In fact, his attitude towards his lack of hearing made him more inventive.
You must decide whether or not you are going to allow the problems you are faced with stop you, or strengthen you. You know what Beethoven did when he was faced with opposition. What will you do?
James 1:2-3 says “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
There are three words that stick out to me in this passage of Scripture, “because you know.” You can have joy because you know how this situation will end! Although you may not see it or understand it at the moment, the fact that you are still fighting is proof that the situation and circumstance have not overtaken you. When your perspective is shifted back to God, a masterpiece will be the finished product of your problem. Start shifting!