Are you experiencing something uncomfortable in your life right now? Have you in the past? Asking ourselves the right questions allows us to think differently about how God might use ALL THINGS (even uncomfortable things) for good. (Romans 8:28)
The following quote is long…but take some time to focus and read it with understanding.
“So hear what I’m about to say…. God will take you where you haven’t chosen to go in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own. God will take you, and you and you and you and you where you haven’t chosen to go in order to produce in you what you could not achieve on your own. You know what the Bible calls that? Grace. That’s grace. But it’s not a cool drink. It’s not a soft pillow. I think, for many of us, there are moments when we’re crying out, “Where is the grace of God?” and we’re getting it. But it’s not the grace of relief, and it’s not the grace of release. Largely, those are to come. We get them in pieces, but largely they’re to come, because what, right now, we need is the grace of refinement. We better become committed to teach, comfort, preach, and encourage one another. Get this terminology with the theology of uncomfortable grace, because very often, this side of eternity, the grace of God comes to us in uncomfortable forms. You may be saying, “Where, where, where is the grace that God has promised me?” and you’re getting it, but you’re getting uncomfortable grace because that’s exactly the grace you need. You see, if you’re God’s child and you’re going through difficulty, you’re going through an unexpected moment that you would never have chosen for yourself, you’re going through trial or suffering, you better not name those difficulties as a sign of his inattention and unfaithfulness. Those difficulties are a sure sign of the zeal of His redemptive love. You’re not being forgotten. You’re not being forsaken. You’re being loved. It’s GRACE. It’s GRACE. It’s GRACE. It’s GRACE. Uncomfortable GRACE, because that’s exactly the grace that we need.” Paul David Tripp.
This quote brings tears to my eyes because it reminds me that I am seen and loved and there is purpose in every uncomfortable thing I experience. There are 3 main ideas we can cling to through this encouragement from Paul Tripp.
- God doesn’t even waste our pain! He loves you so much that He, in His GRACE will allow trials of various kinds to grow and mature you to be all He has intended you to be! He may have things to teach you that you could not have learned any other way.
James 1: 2-4
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
- Our own suffering produces perseverance, hope and empathy. One of the ways God does not waste our suffering is to take what we learn from those uncomfortable times and then use it for us to encourage and come alongside others in their suffering.
2 Corinthians 1:4
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
- He is always for us. In order to have this type of perspective on the uncomfortable things in our lives, we have to have a deep seated faith and trust in the goodness of God. Our rock solid confidence is in His deep deep love for us! If you struggle to trust that God is good based on the difficult circumstances of your life, pray the following verses over your heart.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Will you take these truths and apply them to our question today? Does your perspective need to be shifted? What is something uncomfortable that God has allowed in your life that could be shaping you to be more useful for His kingdom?