God Will Get You Through It
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
You can’t live with the mindset that you must prevent any and all failure in your life. You can’t live to prevent hurt. You can’t live to avoid hardship. You can’t live to avert disappointment. Why? Because that failure and that hurt and that disappointment might just be the way the Lord wants to grow you and bless you.
No amount of disappointment should make you doubt that God’s work and God’s plan and God’s purpose is being fulfilled in your life. No disappointment should make your relationship with the Lord negotiable. Abraham waited for years and years for the arrival of Isaac to be the fulfillment of his hopes and the answer to God’s promises. Perhaps you are awaiting the arrival of your Isaac, so to speak. If so, let me tell you this: the long stretches of time waiting to see it come to pass should not make you consider abandoning your faith or lessening your trust or doubting your God.
God is going to complete whatever God starts in your life. God is going to deliver whatever God promised He’s going to deliver. God is going to answer whatever prayer you articulate. God will shape you however He has creatively imagined. God will accomplish everything He intends for your life!
If you anchor your faith in Him, you can confidently take advantage of opportunities He puts before you. And whether you sink or swim, whether you fly or free fall, whether you succeed or fail—none of that matters as long as He is with you.
You’re not trying to prevent loss, hurt, disappointment, or failure. That is not your goal. You’re trying to multiply, and advance, and progress, and risk, and explore, because eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and minds have not conceived what great things the Lord has in store for you. So if you try to take advantage of God-given opportunities, and you trip along the way, it doesn’t matter as long as God picks you up and plants your feet on solid ground again.
Shift your focus from avoiding the difficulties of life to looking at Jesus as He walks you through them.