Perhaps you have unfulfilled dreams; you may even feel that God has not allowed you to realize your full potential. Someone else was promoted who was less deserving or you may have had a financial setback that forced you to live at a lower standard than you were accustomed to. As a result of these unfulfilled dreams you may have expressed your anger towards God. You may have acknowledged that God is sovereign but have failed to submit to His sovereignty. In reality what we are doing is we are insisting on getting our own way. We fail to trust in Him and what He is doing, that He is working in us to both purify and prepare us for lives of greater service and usefulness. He is employing His skill as a teacher in order to increase our effectiveness in His kingdom.
As Isaiah stated God keeps us in perfect peace, in submissive discipline keeping our minds on God, trusting Him in ways we cannot see or understand, in places where we must learn to be content with our state in life. Isaiah 26:3 (ESV) 3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. For example when an airline pilot is flying into a storm or what is known as a white out condition, they can get disoriented, their sense of direction gets turned around and can easily mislead them and cause them to make decisions that would endanger lives. One of the first things that a pilot must do in this situation is to trust his instrument panel rather than their instincts or their feelings.
For Christians the Word of God is our instrument panel. There will be times in our lives when, in the midst of adversity our feelings will betray us and contradict His Word. We may even get the feeling that God doesn’t care or that He has made a mistake. These are the times when we may feel that we are on our own, but we must choose to trust God – our instrument panel. When we are guided by His Word and rely totally and completely upon His Word we will make the correct decisions.
It is human nature to be ruled by our emotions and feelings. Ephesians 4:20 (ESV) 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ! When we are transformed into a new creation this means that our feelings are no longer what we rely upon. We trust in God’s Word in every situation in our life. This is what separates Christians from non-Christians. No wonder when we look at non-Christians we see that they are angry with God when life mistreats them. Their emotional outbreak has nothing bigger than themselves to control it. There is no other way for them to gain a different perspective to keep their emotions in check.
When I was younger I failed to live under God’s Providence, I failed to trust and depend upon Him. But I have learned to trust and depend upon God. For I patiently wait for that day when faith will be sighted and that all which made no sense to my limited understanding will be made clear.
Paul appeals to the Roman brethren to present their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. We ought to have confidence in the abilities and talents which God has given us to accomplish His purpose in our life. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:17-20), Joshua and Caleb (Numbers 14:6-10) all believed in themselves and were pleasing to God.