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Hardship isn’t funny.

But it’s a little funny that we tout God’s omniscience (He knows everything there is to know) in good times, then lament to Him the wreckage we’re enduring in hard times as if He might have missed something. Take heart, Daddy knows.

We expend enormous energy persuading God to change our circumstances, and so little pursuing the change our circumstances might yield in us.

If we truly are God’s “workmanship” (Ephesians 2:10); a masterpiece crafted for the express purpose of declaring His glory and goodness, our circumstances are an essential part of our formation. To avoid them would be to miss an aspect of the grand artistry our Maker will one day put on display.

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“What good is God if He doesn’t make our lives easier, more comfortable, less painful, more pleasurable, less unpredictable or more prosperous?” Great question if the best God can give us is an easy life.

But what if we need more than that? Far more.

What if our greatest affliction isn’t a lack of worldly extravagance? What if every human being takes his/her first breath as a spiritual orphan; fatherless and isolated from One whose image we all bear?

And what if our Creator, despite our dismal and defiant attempts at significance, security and satisfaction, sought us out and saved us from self-destruction? What if He graciously did for us what we could never do for ourselves, a costly rescue from a debt we could never repay?

And what if, through the sheer kindness of our Savior, we were given a seat at the Father’s table? What if we gained unhindered access to intimacy this world will never know in its ravenous quest for connection?

I suspect the world’s offerings would lose their luster. Our opinion of those who “gain the world and lose their soul” (Mark 8:36) would shift from envy to compassion. The prevailing posture of our heart would shift from discontent to gratitude and peace.

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