IF God is Sovereign and in absolute charge of what HE allows into our lives, and He IS, why is it that some teachings attempt to override, claim freedom FROM and rebuke circumstances that are tough and painful? In reality, they are specifically and tailor made by The Master Potter's own hand for each of His children in order to mold, make and shape them into the image of our Lord. They are part of the 'Potter's Wheel' experience.
If we know that we know that we know we have no unconfessed sins, as we embrace our circumstances, we can do so with total peace of heart, mind and spirit, with complete confidence in the outcome, regardless of what that outcome may be. And, we find ourselves 'resting' in the arms of our Heavenly Father. What other place can offer such security?
If there IS sin we have not dealt with or committed to our Lord, then He often creates circumstances meant to bring us to both see and admit there needs to be some work done on our relationship with Him so we CAN have the peace, joy, and contentment we crave.
Either way, He is in control by design out of His great love for us to perfect that which concerns us (Psalm 138:8) for our sake, His Kingdom work and most importantly - HIS GLORY!
If I have a mindset of perpetually 'rebuking' my trials so as to live 'above' that which is designed to draw me into a closer, sweeter and more powerful relationship with my Lord, how can I grow? My focus is on 'self' and my circumstances. Rising ABOVE circumstances occurs when our eyes are fixed on our God and Savior and His throne - the very place that birthed not only our salvation but the troubles and trials needed to maximize our walk and relationship with Him, the furtherance of His Kingdom and His Glory!
Our Lord told Ananias regarding Saul who was soon to become Paul, "For I will show him how much he MUST suffer for the sake of my name." (Acts 9:16). Tailor made opportunities for growth! And look at the results... it's flowed down through the centuries.
Living within this 'framework,' there is no defeat but victory, regardless of any and all circumstances. He is wisely using it all.
"Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thessalonians 5:18).