Do you struggle to see God’s mercy when it doesn’t make sense?
I do. There are so many situations when life just doesn’t make sense and our efforts are leading nowhere.
Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at Medium.com for Koinonia in which I share how to see and trust God’s mercy in unwanted circumstances.
Seeing God’s Mercy When It Doesn’t Make Sense
Perhaps you struggle with regrets and thoughts like, “I had the opportunity to get something I really wanted, but I wasted it?”
Perhaps you consider your life to be nowhere you thought you would end up, and this brings frustration and disappointment. I get it.
It is very frustrating to play by the rules, to do all the right things, to follow the Lord faithfully, and to end up in a hard place far away from everything you dreamed of.Do you struggle to see God's mercy when it doesn't make sense? #encouragement #inspirational #spiritualgrowth Click To Tweet
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It Depends on God’s Mercy Not on Our Efforts
For me, such a place was finding myself still childless after years of fervent prayers, doctor’s appointments, painful medical procedures, and crippling anxiety.
I felt I had failed, and that God failed me, too.
Was this really so? My feelings reflected my painful reality, but they didn’t accurately reflect the truth about me as a limited human being and the truth about God, His sovereignty, and His love for me.
God gently led me out of my anger and disappointment by highlighting a powerful and liberating truth in this verse:
Focused solely on my efforts and the overwhelming desire to become a mother, I somehow believed the lie that I could control the world and guarantee the fulfillment of my desires.
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More Encouragement for You
If you need more resources, encouragement, and comfort when you deal with unwanted and painful circumstances, I can highly recommend these books. Check them out.
Uprooting Anger by Robert D. Jones
Trusting God in All the Things: 90 Devotions for Finding Peace in Your Every Day by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your Thoughts, Transform Your Life by Denise Dubois Pass and Michelle Nietert
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
Life Can Be Good Again by Lisa Appelo
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lisa Terkeurst
Hope When Life Unravels: Finding God When It Hurts by Adam Dooley
Restoration Year – a 365 Days Devotional by John Eldredge
All Things New by John Eldredge
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