Sometimes it just seems like things can’t get any worse. After surviving an awful hurricane down in Cape Coral, Florida, the Gross family’s house was badly damaged. Strong winds tore the roof right off the building. Then neighbors gathered together after the storm and challenged the family, “Why didn’t your God protect us? What kind of God would allow this?”

Sarah Gross spoke out, “No. You’ve missed it; this is the God Who delivered you.” You would think the Grosses’ neighbors would be grateful they survived the hurricane, but—like we all do so often—they complained about the hardship. They saw the storm damage and thought things couldn’t get any worse.

Why didn’t Sarah and her family join the complainers who doubted God? That’s because when others saw difficulty, they saw God’s goodness and mercy. Everything stable might have fallen apart around them, but they believed God had proven Himself faithful by sparing their lives. They thought having His presence in the midst of one of their greatest trials was about as good as it gets.

Don’t you wish you could have that kind of perspective on life? I want to let you in on a little secret: you can—but it’s up to you. Your circumstances, health, environment, or closest friends may change for better or worse. But your God never will. Like the Grosses, you have to determine which you’re going to concentrate on.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to concentrate on God, no matter what happens. Life doesn’t get any better than that.

The attitude within is more important than the circumstances without. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder