I love what Tripp says in his April 22 devotional in New Morning Mercies:
“I am deeply persuaded that many of us struggle with questions of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and love, not because he has been unfaithful to any promise in any way, but because we simply are not on his agenda page . . .”
“. . . consider God’s agenda, as it’s revealed in the following passages: [James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7; Romans 5:1-5; Philippians 3:7-9] . . .
“The message is consistent throughout all of these passages. God is not working to deliver to you your personal definition of happiness. If you’re on that agenda page, you are going to be disappointed with God and you are going to wonder if he loves you. God is after something better – your holiness, that is, the final completion of his redemptive work in you. the difficulties you face are not in the way of God’s plan, they do not show the failure of God’s plan, and they are not signs he has turned his back on you. No, those tough moments are a sure sign of the zeal of his redemptive love.”
(New Morning Mercies by Tripp, April 22).