Good morning, happy Wednesday and blessings.
I can tell you from my own experience that the problems of life can sometimes come upon us and before we can get one thing straightened out, we are bombarded with another. Here we are now with the Coronavirus and other realities.
But I've learned that most of the time that trouble comes, God wants to sharpen us, mold us, and transform us into something greater. We need to learn to trust God in the middle of our mess. Why? Allow me to share with you three reason;
First, God is more compassionate than you realize. Psalm 56:8 tells us that God not only sees our tears, he collects them. That means my hurt and yours is more precious to him than we can imagine. That kind of response from him means he's trustworthy to work our situation out for our best.
Second, God can, at any time, clear up the mess. So, wait for his timing and learn all he wants you to learn in the moment. Romans 8:28 assures us that "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose." But the next verse tells us how God works things for good in our lives: "For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son...." There it is. God wants us to become more like his Son through our struggles. So be teachable. Be open to what he wants you to learn. And be moldable. You - and your heart - might be the one reason God has not yet fixed the situation.
And third, a messy situation is one of the primary ways God awakens our need for him, grows our dependence on him, shapes our character, and draws us closer to himself.
Life consists of messes. They are not always because you've done something wrong. Sometimes they just happen. And often he allows it because he wants to draw us into a deeper dependence on him and show us a new side of himself. Those are the things that make our messes meaningful - they draw us closer to our Savior. I love how James 1:2-3 tells us to "consider it all joy" when we encounter various trials, knowing the testing of our faith produces endurance. "And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" (verse 4). God can be trusted. And he wants you to know that. Lean into him during this time and you will know what it means to "find meaning in the mess."
The challenge for this Lent is to trust God in the middle of our mess.