I never quiet know how to answer that question.
Life is unpredictable. Life is fickle.
Life can kiss you one minute and kick you in the stomach the next.
I typically just say, “It’s fine.”
What most people don’t know is that the word FINE actually stands for
Life is all over the map. But God is good. His presence is more real than the air I breathe.
His promises are ultimately more true than the biggest trial I’m facing.
Paul Tripp says we should process life THIS way:
“Grace is what you must preach to yourself, not how hard people are, how tough life is and how unable you are to face both.”
Another Paul (the apostle Paul) says it this way:
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
-II Corinthians 12:7-10
Whatever you face today, whether it be the pinnacle of success or the gutter of despair… or some combination of both… God is using all of this to prune your heart, to release your hold of this passing world, to teach you to hope in Himself, and to beautify your soul to look more like your Savior. According to this passage, you WILL NOT face anything that is beyond the support of God’s gracious presence and powerful promises. This is what turns worry into worship.
I hope you find this reality like an anchor for your soul as you embark out into your day. You’re not alone in the journey.
Matt Ballard serves on Act Together’s Advisory Board. He is the lead pastor at Southpointe Community Church in Nashville, TN. Matt graduated from Covenant Seminary and has worked in multiple church and ministry positions. Prior to joining Southpointe, Matt worked as teaching pastor at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. Matt and his wife, Chrissy have three daughters. The Ballards reside in Nashville, TN.