Journal Entry ~ 12/29/19

Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. - 1 Peter 4:19

God tells us over and over in Scripture that we will suffer - learning how to suffer well for Christ is critical if we are going to find peace in the struggle.

There is such comfort for me in these words.  Because we are God's children, we can know our lives are never, ever out of control. It may seem chaotic at times, and there may be things happening that we can’t stop, but we can be sure we have a God who is sovereign over it all.

Our stories have already been included in the greater redemption story of this world.  God has a plan that is bigger than just us.  He has promised to fix everything that sin has broken in this world, to reign over death, to establish a new heaven and earth, and to live there with us for all of eternity.  We are part of *that* story. We can trust that His sovereign hand is over our lives, and that He is working all things for the good of the greater plan. His story began before the world was created - we were included in His story long before we were formed. Our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction because we are part of a greater story. It doesn't mean we will always understand what is happening, or know why we have to endure certain trials, but we can be confident that our story is part of His story....and His story is one of redemption and restoration.

I love the way Paul Tripp reminds us of this truth: “The inertia of redemption carries your story along. The goal of redemption guarantees your destiny. The future grace of eternity secures for you all the grace  you will ever need in between.”

We can know that every relationship and every situation is ruled over by Christ. There is nothing that He doesn’t know or see happening in our lives. The best part is that we can know He rules over all of it for the good of the unstoppable redemption story. He rules over all of it for our own good - so that His grace can finish the work in our hearts.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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