Teacher/counselor Paul Tripp (who I read pretty much anything I can get my hands or recycled electrons on that he writes) posted this recently about God’s processes in working on His children:
Making us holy is God’s unwavering agenda until we’re taken home to be with him. He’ll do whatever he needs to do to produce holiness in us. He wants us to be a community of joy, but he’s willing to compromise our temporal happiness in order to increase our Christ-likeness.
Any time we find ourselves in difficulty or trial, it’s easy to think we’ve been forgotten or rejected by God. This is because we don’t understand the present process. God isn’t working for our comfort and ease; he’s working on our growth.
At the very moment we’re tempted to question his faithfulness, he’s fulfilling his redemptive promises to us. After all, it’s not like there are only some people who really need to change. Change is the norm for everyone, and God is always at work to complete this process in us.
Read the rest here.