Often time in life we feel confused and overwhelmed about the situations we are going through and the emotions we encounter in these situations. Life does not make sense and neither does God.
As Dr. Paul Tripp notes:
“I don’t know about you, but much of my daily comfort comes from the fact that I am able to make sense of my circumstances and determine the details of my life. Conversely, take away my ability to understand and my perceived control, and you will see anxiety, fear, frustration, and doubt set in.” Paul Tripp
When God seems distant, when life seems like a merry-go-round, when nothing makes sense, we lose our grip many times on reality and in God. Tripp remarks, that the road to Christian spiritual maturity is earmarked with ‘inescapable, necessary, and helpful reasons why we feel confused and powerless’
- Living in a Broken World with Broken People
Genesis 3 verses 17 through 19
- God is Sovereign and the Narrative is not about us
“We are not the authors of life. Our individual stories are woven into the grand origin-to-destiny narrative that God alone has written. While circumstances may seem out of our control, they have never been outside of the infinitely attentive control of your Father. At the same time, you and I must remember that the narrative of the universe exists solely for the eternal glory of the Creator, not for our momentary pleasure and comfort.” Paul Tripp
- God is ministering to us and others
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“God calls us to be part of what he is doing in the lives of others. Moments of hardship and confusion equip us to minster to others in their times of struggle ” Paul Tripp
We view life from an earthly, temporal point while God views all of eternity past, present and future from His view point…He is totally in control, wise and all powerful as well as just and loving.
“In love, God will take you where you do not want to go in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own. It is uncomfortable grace, but it is still divine, tender grace.” Paul Tripp
Stay blessed in Christ the Lord
Pr. Paddick van Zyl
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