Here are 7 ways to help you navigate the mess & darkness of 2020 and move forward in 2021. Taken from the Sunday, December 20th, teaching message from Andrew Bryce & Ron Goddard.
1. God is more compassionate than you realize.
Psalm 56:8 tells us that God not only sees our tears, he collects them. That means my hurt and yours is more precious to Him than we can imagine. That means my hurt and yours is more precious to Him than we can imagine. That kind of response from him means he’s trustworthy to work our situation out for our best.
2. Your current situation doesn’t take God by surprise.
Just because it caught you off guard, doesn’t mean that God was clueless, too. Psalm 139 tells us that God is familiar with all our ways. Where we’ve been, what we’re doing now, and where we’re going. Before there is a word on our tongues, he knows it completely. So, trust what he already knows. True faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 12:1). So exercise true faith by being assured and convinced that God is in absolute control.
3. God is more capable of managing your life than you are.
We often believe we have the best solutions to our problems. In fact, there are times I’ve found myself suggesting to God what he ought to do in my particular situation. But Isaiah 55:8-9 assures us that his ways are higher than our ways, meaning his method and his timing in how he chooses to do things are so much better than ours. He is God and I am not. And that just might be what he’s trying to show you and me int he struggle we’re struggling to fix. So, plain and simple, give it to him. He can handle it.
4. At any time God can clear up this mess. So wait for His timing and learn all he wants you to learn in the moment.
Romans 8:28 assures us that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” But the next verse tells us how God works tings for good in our lives. “For those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to become conformed to the image of his Son…..” There it is, God wants us to become more like his Son through our struggles. So be teachable. Be open to what he wants you to learn. And be mouldable. You — and your heart — might be the one reason God has not yet fixed the situation.
5. God is incapable of misunderstanding, mismanagement, or mistakes.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says, “his works are perfect, and all his ways are just.” That means God doesn’t get it wrong. Ever. You and I, on the other hand, are fully capable of making an even greater mess of things. Let’s quit our meddling and let him work whatever He wants to do in us….. and others.
6. Your problem is already solved….. often differently than you expect.
Often we are looking for a certain resolution, before we will consider our problem fixed. But the Father looks to the details of our intentions and our very hearts. It’s possible the problem still exists because he’s working on something inside you, right now, and then he’ll take care of the exterior situation.
7. A messy situation is one of the primary ways God awakens our need for him, grows our dependence on him, shapes our character, and draws us closer to himself.
Life consists of messes. There are not always because you’ve done something wrong. Sometimes they just happen. We’re in a fallen world. Other people mess up too and we are sometimes caught up in someone else’s mess. And often He allows it because He wants to draw us into a deeper dependence on Him and show us a new side of Himself. Those are the things that make our messes meaningful — they draw us closer to our Saviour. James 1:2 tells us to “consider it all joy” when we encounter various trials knowing the testing of our faith produces endurance. “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (verse 4). God can be trusted. And he wants you to know that. Lean into him during this time and you will know what it means to find meaning in the mess.
Check out the entire message ‘Midnight Mess’ at — https://summersidecommunity.church/media/playlist/sunday-messages-1/