Are you living through a period of life when you don't understand what God is doing, and you can't seem to improve your situation, location, or relationships?
Maybe you don't feel utterly helpless, but you feel something like this:
It is a painful exercise in spiritual maturity, but there are inescapable, necessary, and helpful reasons why we feel confused and powerless:
1. Because We Live In A Broken World With Fallen PeopleGenesis 3:17-19 defines what happened when sin entered the world. "Cursed is the ground … in pain … all the days of your life … thorns and thistles … by the sweat of your face." In a world that is broken - and with people who are selfish, competitive, and impatient (including me and you) - everything we do is harder and more complicated.
2. Because God Is Sovereign And The Narrative Is Not About UsWe 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.
3. Because God Is Ministering To Us And OthersGod is the ultimate definition of what is wise, loving, and good, using these moments to rescue us from our bondage to the kingdom of self and to draw us into a greater allegiance to his Kingdom. Simultaneously, 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 (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Let's be honest with ourselves and with God: What have these moments revealed about our functional, street-level faith? Maybe what we thought was a robust faith in God's presence, promises, power, wisdom, and love was actually our seeming power to control our circumstances through intelligence, determination, prosperity, or something else.
In love, God will take you where you do 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.
The question is, are you allowing moments of hardship and confusion to produce in you a faith that is stronger, or weaker? Have your responses to hardship and confusion drawn you closer to God, or further away?
In each case, it's your choice. So take hold of the new morning mercies that God makes available! How you respond is contingent on whether you choose God or self.
taken from: https://mailchi.mp/paultripp/wednesdays-word-5-2-2018-confused-and-powerless?e=ecd06331e2