1 Peter 1:6-7, NIV: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

We are encouraged by some to seek out where God is at work, and to join Him. As well we should. After all, it is His work we are seeking to be a part of—not our own. “The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it” (Ps.24:1). The world is His, the people are His, and the Church is His. It is by His plan, His purpose, His way, and His vision that we are to serve. It’s funny how we often confuse our good intentions with God’s will. Yet God’s will does not change, and His will encompasses a great many purposes we fail to see. How often do we do what we believe God tells us, only to be confused by the results? But even as the work is the Lord’s, so are the results. We should never do His work expecting Him to package the results to our liking. It is His will we must seek above all else—even if it means our labor appears fruitless to us.