When we give our allegiance to Jesus, we become citizens of his Kingdom. As far as God is concerned, we are already there. We are already living in the Kingdom of Heaven.
If we get totally realistic, we live in two kingdoms, with two truths. (Two sets of motivations. Two sets of rules. Two sets of expectations.)
One set of expectations says life is full of pain and misery. The other says there is no pain, no misery. There is only joy and peace. The trick is: we have given ourselves to live according to one set of motivations, rules, and expectations, while surrounded and immersed in the other set of motivations, rules, and expectations.
In God’s Kingdom, there are no negatives. That’s what he says. That’s what we should expect.
In the enemy’s kingdom, he seeks to multiply misery. That’s who he is. That’s what we should expect.
Each day, we can choose which kingdom to live. If we choose to live in the Father’s kingdom, when we encounter something negative, we need to remind ourselves: “There is nothing negative in God’s kingdom.” Then, we need to pay attention for what God says about this situation. Because he speaks good in every situation. We need to be alert for his promise and his provision, because he gives both in every situation: to bring good, to advance his mission and kingdom, and to demonstrate his glory.
Because God speaks and acts to bring his kingdom into reality, we should look at life in its entirety, at each event, and at each situation differently. We tend to grieve, and worry. We ought to wait in anticipation, because God will act.