GraceLife Blog 22: Ingredients for God’s Soup

Life can be a struggle at times.  We go for the gold, but we come up broke.  Failure is a heart strain.  We pray for a higher level of success in our lives, but it doesn’t come.  The failure drags on, and as it drags on, we wear out and get fed up.  Then the wrestling starts.  We wrestle with God about our success and ask him why is this happening?

God has a plan that he wants us to take part in, and when we choose him, we also need to choose his plan.  That means that we have to let him define our part in his plan.  He needs to set up a purpose for our lives that fits in with his ultimate story.  When we wrestle with God about what is happening in our lives, we are wrestling with how we fit into his sovereign course.  “The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:10-11).

Jesus said that in order to find our life we must first lose it: in order to have life we must first deny our own and pick up his (Matthew 16:24-25).  When we work for our own purpose, looking to glorify ourselves, we work against God, and that brings distress.

God wants us to live in harmony with him and with ourselves.  He has not intended us to be depressed or feel defeated, but staying joyful in all circumstances takes discipline (Hebrews 12:7-11).  It doesn’t happen over night.  The best thing you can do is trust in him and relax and keep improving your skills in faith.  Enjoy living every chance you get no matter what is going on around you.  God is good, so believe in your future with him and choose the things that bring your spirit peace.

About Kevin Riner

Associate Pastor of GraceLife Church Clarksville, father, husband, Author of Faith Debugged-Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator Follow me: Twitter - KevinRiner Blog -

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *