Have you ever gotten into a TV series, only to be blindsided by a plot twist? As fun as those moments are, it's different when you experience a plot twist in real life, right? Maybe for you ti's an ongoing set of disappointing circumstances. When we can't fix the situation, and we don't want to fake being happy about it, is being miserable really our only option? For one of Jesus' followers, Paul, plot twists were a way of life. The advice he gives can help as we figure out what to do with some of life's toughest circumstances (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV). Paul is saying that just because a situation is disappointing, it doesn't mean that situation is the end of the story. Paul chose to fix his eyes, focus his mind, on the fact that God was at work, even when it didn't feel like it. When you fix your mind on what is unseen, you can begin to experience the same thing that led Paul to write this letter, hope. You can fix your mind on the trouble in front of you or you can focus on...
- What you know to be true about God.
- Where you've seen Him at work before.
- Where He could use this pain in your life or in the world around you.
No matter what you believe about Him, God is still for you. Think of one situation in your life that can get you down. What would it look like for you to trust God in that area?
Even when there's trouble, you can trust Him.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 18
2 Corinthians 11:25
Questions for Conversation
- How do you typically respond when disappointing things happen?
- Why was Paul so confident, even when bad things happened?
- What is one thing you know to be true about God that you could remember when disappointing things happen?