>Toil and Trouble wrapped with Grace

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My brother the professor in Alabama would say its existential angst. Life’s toils have a way of making you question your very existence, trying to rush time on, hastening to the next ‘big event.’ Bringing us to Solomic conclusions that everything is vanity, pointless, useless. This struggle is the resultant of a fallen world. We can not argue with stress and chaos and pain because we (humanity) are ultimately the reason for it. But this is not to create a pessimism in us. Pessimism is drawing a conclusion before the end of the book (or drawing conclusion at the end of a book when there is another volume.) When Grace is involved, there is nothing really final until God says its final (or perhaps even ‘it is finished.’)

Conflict and dissension is an opportunity to experience and extend reconciliation
Detachment is an opportunity to see the grace of a father running to save the one sheep that is lost
Pain opens us to enjoy that He will dry every tear
Chastening reveals how much God loves us [we are no longer just clay]
Depression yields us to hope, and with God it is an objective hope that does not dissapoint (Rom. 5)
The depths of trouble bring us to see the depth of God’s gracious strength
Uncertainty push us to the fullest joy of His foreknowledge
Fear gives way to letting our own self-sufficiency go
Blindness gives way to our own Damscus scales falling from our eyes
Darkness gives way to the dawn and that the Son is going to shine (Eph. 5:14)

God greatness is that in all our woes (especially the ones self inflicted) he does all things well. THANK YOU FATHER! For we shall see Jesus as He is. THANK YOU! For you grant us just what we need to see that you are truly everything. You love us and in you we find real rest.

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

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