1. You ask God to change your situation, but you don’t ask Him to change you.

When we are in a hard situation we often pray and ask God to change our situation, and 

that is completely okay. But the truth is that God can use any situation to change us and 

grow us. It is often in our toughest seasons where we learn the most about God and we 

see the most transformation in our lives as we learn to trust Him. 


Romans 5:3-5 “3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that

suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and

character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's

love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given

to us.”


2. You only experience God’s love when life is going well

When we put our faith and trust in our circumstances, we are going to become a 

prisoner to our circumstances. That means that when things are going well, we are sure 

God sees us, loves us, and has a purpose for us. But then when things stop going well 

we begin to doubt that God sees us, loves us, or has a purpose for us. The main 

problem is this belief is in direct contradiction to God’s character.


James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down

from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to



God does not change. Our circumstances change, but He does not. That means the 

circumstances you face in life are not some celestial compass giving direction as to 

wether God loves you or not. If you ever begin to doubt God’s love for you, all you need 

to do is look to the cross and remember that the promise of eternal life is available to 

anyone who would respond. 


3. Your worldly ambition eclipses your godly ambition

We often believe that the right circumstances will make us happy. So we work and strive 

and become ambitious to get into the right college, so that we can get into the right 

major, so that we can get in the right grad school, so that we can get the right job, so 

that we can make the right salary, so that we can have the right family, that lives in the 

right place, and then our lives will be just right. But the bible teaches that our ultimate 

ambition is not in what we can achieve on this Earth, but who we can know: 

Psalm 27:8 “You have said , “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”


No earthly achievement will ever satisfy the longing every heart has to Know God. The 

right house may bring some satisfaction, but it can’t bring peace. The right major may 

bring some happiness, but it can’t bring true purpose. The right resume may get you a 

job, but it can’t lead you into holy living. Ultimately, creating the right circumstances for 

your life may lead to temporary pleasure, but it is no substitute for the epic purpose 

found in seeking and knowing Jesus.

- Daniel Simmons