How many times have you set out on a mission, asked for God’s blessing and then failed miserably, or asked for God’s intervention in a particular way and not had your prayers answered the way you wanted? I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the times that I have. Then after your failure do you plonk yourself down, feeling miserable and full of self-pity saying, “Why God? This was something I was doing for you.” It’s at this time we need to stop and carefully look at what we just said. We get the answer to the ‘why’ part when we look at the, ‘I was doing for you’ part. Okay, maybe our heart is right, but there are a couple of things we need to consider.
Firstly; was it what God wanted? Maybe He was happy with the situation as it was because there was something bigger in His plans happening through it. For example, if the disciples had overpowered the guards when they came to arrest Jesus, and hidden Him away, He may not have died for us and subsequently risen. Then where would we be now? God’s plan was to save us by sending His son to suffer for our sins and then rise from the dead and any plans that the disciples had to save Jesus were destined to fail because God’s will, will prevail.
Secondly; from our failure there will be a success. I know, because there have been things in my life that I have gone at full speed ahead with absolute determination and I have hit a brick wall. You see God may have already started something in motion that would work perfectly or fulfil His plan, and not our own personal plan. Since giving myself to Christ I have had some of the most ‘successful failures’ in my life.
For example; not so long ago I was trying to finalize a situation that I was involved in. I was praying, in fact pleading with God to bless my actions and help me, but I could never ‘get past first base’. I kept on trying and pleading with God to help me get out of the rut I was in, so I could get more involved in His work. I was never angry with God, but I was surely frustrated and kept on saying why? Why? No matter how many times or how hard I tried, the brick wall was there, and I could not figure out why God did not grant my prayerful pleadings. As far as I was concerned, I had it all figured out and many of my friends and associates supported my ideas and views. But with every attempt I always hit the brick wall and could ‘not get past first base’ It turned out that, if I had ‘signed on the dotted line’, so to speak, it would have ruined me, but I didn’t know that; God did. Then ‘out of the blue’ I received a financial blessing and all the doors were opened and everything went through so smoothly.
I have had several other successful failures, and some were incredible Godly learning experiences. I can tell you this; that the pain that I suffered in what I believed were un- answered prayers were in fact answered prayers, through the lessons I learnt and in my personal growth. And you know what? I found that the greater my pain, the greater the lesson that God taught me and the greater my thanks that it was His way not mine.
So; as frustrating as it seems, know that God cares for you better than you do and the failures, pain and heartache we have here on earth are part of God’s greater plan in drawing us closer to Him. He doesn’t cause the evil or bad things to happen. God is perfection personified and absolute goodness. Bad or evil can never come from good; they are complete opposites to each other. All the bad in this world has come from our sins, imperfection and brokenness.
One more thing to remember; is that sometimes the pain or failure we suffer may be because God has called us to be used in His plan for someone else to grow.
I thank God for the successful failures He has given me. I may not enjoy or understand them at the time but I remember what Paul said, “I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ to those God has chosen.” 2 Timothy 2:10. “If we endure hardship, we will reign with Him…” 2 Timothy 2:12.
Has God called you to have a ‘Successful Failure’?
God bless you all