Situation with two possible outcomes, X and Y.
Person sincerely believes, with good, reasonable basis, that X is the holy and desirable outcome. Person prays fervently for X. Person of course also prays, “Not my will Lord, but Thy will be done” but at the same time is firmly convinced, again with good, reasonable basis, that X is the holy/ morally right outcome and thus totally storms heaven for X.
However, X doesn’t happen. Instead, Y happens. Y is a morally undesirable, or at least significantly less desirable, outcome in the view of the Person praying.
Person can have various reactions to the outcome Y:
“Y can’t possibly be the will of God. Satan must have interfered, causing Y. Let’s continue to fight Satan and pray for X, which is truly God’s will.”
“Y is the will of God, but it’s a trial/ punishment/ chastisement for us because mankind was too sinful/ God wants to teach us a lesson/ we didn’t pray hard enough/ some other reason. Let’s continue to pray and do penance that we be delivered from Y and that X happens instead.”
“Y is the will of God. There is a lesson in this for us. We need to understand why God would will Y rather than X even though X looks like the morally appropriate outcome. We therefore should accept Y as being God’s will, even though that’s a difficult concept for us to grasp, and we pray that God enlightens us as to why Y was necessary.”
How do people choose to react as 1), 2) or 3)?