Have you been frustrated lately? Have things not been going as you planned? Have you wondered what God is up to, or if He is up to anything at all?
We’ve all been there. This week in particular I’ve found myself struggling with several things. I have not gotten the results this week that I wanted. People have not done what I’ve asked them. And to top it all off, I have made some mistakes myself.
On weeks like this it would be very easy for me to throw my hands up in the air and just quit. To be very honest, I have been close a few times this week already. And, yes, I know it is only Tuesday.
So, what do we do when we are having a frustrating day, week or season in our life? What do we do when it seems like everything is going south.
It is on days like this that we fall on our face before God and cry out for mercy and grace and strength. The truth is that days like today are days that are engineered for our good and for the development of our character. Days like today are the days we look back to as watershed days where God did something in us that He could not do by making our path easy and our sailing smooth.
Recently, I memorized a passage in 1 Peter 1 that helps me navigate difficult weeks and seasons like the one I’ve had this week. Here is what it says in 1 Peter 1:6-7, “In this you rejoice though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials. So that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold, though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
So, there is a point. God is not up in heaven not giving you a bit of His attention. Instead, He is using His all-powerfulness (omnipotence) to refine your faith through a series of sovereignly designed events. All of which are planned to make you more like Jesus.
Are you facing the gauntlet? Are you good and frustrated and maybe even a little angry?
It’s okay. God is still in charge. He’s still working on you. The trials you are facing are proof of that. They are proof of His love for you. And that’s a good thing!