The Life of Elizabeth Day 6 – Weekly Thoughts
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
As we’ve looked at the life of Elizabeth this week, it’s become abundantly clear to me that she did not adopt the world’s behavior patterns. She had been tested and tried, and had come to peace with whatever the will of God was for her. It didn’t mean she didn’t long for her own child, but in her quiet way and humble spirit, she had come to accept His plan for her—whether that included a child or not.
I find her refreshing in so many ways!
- She was an admirable friend—not jealous or unable to share in their joys.
- She was a patient woman—faithfully carrying on despite her infertility.
- She was humble—not boasting about a visit from an angel of God or the promises made to her and her husband.
- She was gracious—not getting back at those who had tormented her for her barrenness.
We can learn a lot about how to handle our own life circumstances by looking at Elizabeth’s story. She showed us how to suffer through a long period of waiting. She showed us how to handle good news. And she showed us how to rejoice with others when they have news that sounds much better than our own. The world does not naturally respond in these situations like Elizabeth did, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can respond like an Elizabeth.
Whatever may be troubling you today, pray that the Lord would fill you with Himself so that you may be able to bear it well and reflect His character to the world around you. Learn, like Paul instructs in Philippians 4:11, to be content in whatever situation you presently are. And pray for a heart that can truthfully find joy in the blessings of others—even when they receive what you have not.