No life goes smoothly, not even for God’s children; in many ways, their woes seem to get bigger once they do follow God because Satan, the enemy, is on their case. But no matter how deep we get into distress and doubt, we can bring it to God in prayer and get out of it by remembering God’s kindnesses towards us, both cosmic (e.g. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection) and the smaller, everyday ones (e.g. living in affluence and having access to clean drinking water). Here is my Bible study on a passage on this – Psalm 77 Bible Study
God bless, Pastor Haydn.
I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace,
Might more of His salvation know
And more earnestly seek His face.
‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer;
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair.
I thought that in some favoured hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins and give me rest.
Instead of that, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart,
And bade the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
Nay more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe.
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.
“Lord, why is this?”, I trembling cried.
“Wilt Thou pursue this worm to death?”
“This is the way”, the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.
These inward trials I employ
From self and sin to set thee free,
And cross thy schemes of earthly joy
That thou might’st find all thy in Me”.
– pp. 23-24 of Spiritual Maturity by Oswald Sanders (Moody Publishers: Chicago), 1994.