This is a dramatic reminder of how individuals also react differently to the same circumstances. Subjected to hardship and despair, one person grows stronger, while others weaken or wither away. One person hears the Word of God and is made better. Others hear the same message and grow angry and rebellious.
Let us take heed how we respond to situations in our lives as well as to what we learn from God’s word. Remember, Acts 17:11 tells us, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” —adapted
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