When bad things happen to me, I feel sorry for myself. I interpret it as evidence of God's absence. His lack of favor, my inadequacy, and being cursed really. But when I read what God says to do, it reframes the bad with the good.
James 1:2-6 says, "2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything..."
How could any of us with our three pounds of grey matter approach the decisions of the complexity of life confident in and of ourselves that we've got it right?
Humility says I do need wisdom.
Here's the great news of going to the good of God with the bad of not knowing: "5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God..." -It's prayer! "...who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you..."
If we have the humility to ask, God gives generously and abundantly. He gives wisdom to everyone who just dares to ask!
Now the believing part, is that we have to do it with confidence in God's present response.
"6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."
So when we read, we read believing in the presence of 'the presence.' And when we pray, we pray believing in hearing the Father confidently and we trust that the good of God is actually bigger than the bad of the world!
I'm just telling you, something super natural happens in our lives as the good of God answers the pain of life...overwhelms it...then the good of God pours out of us in authentic, life-changing ways for us and the people in our path! -Dr. Drew Shofner