nstruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp. This is by far the deepest and most biblical book I have ever read, I highly recommend it and will be posting a review on it as soon as I finish the last two chapters!
In this book, Tripp talks about the fact that our downfall as humans is that we focus too much on the small things happening now. We go through a struggle and so we huff and puff and throw up our hands in agony, complaining that God doesn't love us and that we don't deserve such treatment. We run into a problem and so we give up because "God is punishing us."
The contrast to this is the great gospel of Christ! You see, when we understand the gospel in its entirety we no longer think this life is about us. We realize that from Genesis to Revelation and beyond, the story was, has been, and will always be about God and his glory, sovereignty, and grace.
Fast forward throughout the entire Bible and you see the same story unfold, just with different details. The Israelites cursed God and turned to worship other things, God is hurt and angry, so he punishes them, but not nearly to the degree they deserve, and then he forgives them with open arms. If you've ever read the Old Testament you know that this happens thousands of times with God's people.
Jump forward another 2000 years to your own life. You're mad and crying because you just found out you lost your job, or that your spouse is cheating on you. No doubt these are hard times, and no doubt you have the right to be sad, angry, or confused. That's part of our human emotions. But light years down the road you will see that this was all part of God's glory (Romans 8:28, James 1, . He uses every situation as an opportunity to bring us closer to Him, to show off His love for us, and to remind us that he has everything in control.
Although you don't see it now, He really does have a plan in all this (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 11:1.) He wants to bring you closer to him if you will just let him. Look at yesterday's post for more on letting God comfort you.
As for now, hold tightly to the scripture God gives you, pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17,) and trust that God knows what he's doing (Proverbs 3:5-6.)
Further Reading: Galatians 1:10, The book of Job, Matthew 6:44, 1 Corinthians 2:5, Philippians 1, Numbers 14
Where is your focus this week? Having you been putting too much emphasis on the current problems and not enough power in God's hands? What do you need to lay down in order for God to glorify Himself through your current situation?