Nothing is more confusing than when everything is going wrong, and we can’t understand why. The frustration that arises is almost unbearable. We look for answers, and it seems all the ones we find don’t work for what is going on. It’s at those moments that we want to give up. It’s at that point where we need to trust God. He knows what’s going on. He is doing a work in you, and it will all work out in the end.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Trust the Process
The church in Thessalonica was going through a rough time. They were being afflicted and felt forgotten by God. It seemed the more they tried to do good or be a better person the worse it got. Paul recognizes this and lets them know that Jesus was working everything out. He was doing a work in their hearts while at the same time making that he was glorified to others through your life. They just needed to trust Jesus through the process.
Trials don’t make the person; they reveal what a person is made of. (Wiersbe) As the church in Thessalonica went through the hard times, they learned more about themselves and grew from it. The same can be said of our lives. When we go through difficulties, it shows us our character. We can learn from it and grow, or we regress by sulking.
It Will All Work Out in the End
God wants to glorify Himself through your life. He wants others to see the changes He is making in your heart and use that to draw them unto Him. In the process, He is making you worthy of His calling and accomplishing His good works through you. Our job is to trust Him and be a willing subject. When things get tough, we need to understand that it is all part of the process.