I don't know which couple we were meeting with when something they said caused me to write this down.
"Work out your salvation, not work for your salvation".
Recently I read a message from Isaiah 42:2 that blessed my heart and made it easier to "work out my salvation". He is never discouraged because He is God and He knows the work He begun in me He will finish. God does not, can not, will not fail so He cannot become discouraged when we fail in our progress of growing in Him.
He has known from eternity past where the planets would be in their orbits right at this moment. He has known all along our government and world would be in this mess, yet He is not downcast or frustrated or uncertain how things will turn out. In fact, He has not only known these thing, but has ordained them.
I love this illustration: When a parent stays calm during a problem their children will draw from that. But if a parent is distressed, whining and fearful those children will usually fall apart completely as they watch their parent come undone. But a calm, confident, assured parents speaks volumes to the children. Their actions and words will remind them, it's ok, it will be alright, do not be afraid, I've got you, those children will usually calm down even though the situation might not be the best.
Our Heavenly Father has no fear about what is happening in your life right now, or in mine. He is not callous or indifferent, He is utterly confident and competent to fulfill His promise to us, that the work He has begun in us, He will finish. He will not be discouraged with us. That calms my soul and brings freedom as I work out my salvation.