We have just added a new sermon to the Keep Believing website called What You Seek, You Find. Here's an excerpt:
In times of great discouragement, we can start in one of two places:
Starting with our problems leads to confusion and more discouragement. Starting with God leads us to the only solid ground for hope. I am not smart enough to reason my way from my problems back to God. If I get a rejection letter (it’s happened to me more than once), I really can’t read any great divine purpose into that. It’s just a no. Period. Maybe it’s no, not now. Or no, not this. Or no, move in a different direction. Or maybe it’s just no, and don’t spend too much time dwelling on it. My point is, when I look through the tiny lens of my life and try to divine God’s huge purposes, I am like the flea riding on a cow’s tail trying to count the stars in the sky. You can’t start with yourself and hope to find satisfactory answers.
If you start with you, you’ll end with you and be no better off.