I truly believe God’s will prevails. Humans, on the other hand, are selfish beings who distort His truth and like to do things their own way. And that may send God’s will off the prescribed course, causing us to wonder if we will ever get back on track.
I have been in a position where everything in the world seems right and God seemed to be working and shaping my life in a fantastic way, with dreams coming true, and a human has come along and crushed that dream. I have prayed with every ounce of my being for God to show me where He wants me, seem to get a solid answer, and then have a human come along and make me doubt what I am doing.
The truth is, we can’t control others. And that’s often where my anxieties are based. Knowing confidently that God is calling me to do something and having humans come along and crush those dreams? Terrifying.
We must realize that God’s will shines through everything if we are following Him. In John 16, Jesus is trying to explain to His disciples what is about to happen to Him. They ask a lot of questions, and Jesus tells them that they will be faced with trials and sorrows, and even people who will hurt them in God’s name. But. There’s a But!!! (Don’t you love it when there is a but?!) “But, take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
While it can be so devastating to get your hopes and dreams crushed, it is so very important to take a look at those hopes and dreams and ask where they are coming from. If they are dreams ordained by God, we are called to keep after them even when there are naysayers. I have had to take a step back and ask if God was calling me to something, or if it was just my own ambition.
Don’t get me wrong, it is fantastic to have goals and dreams, but if God isn’t behind them, it’s possible we need to analyze where our hearts truly lie. The ultimate calling of a Christian is to love God, to love others, and to further the Kingdom of God.
Sometimes, God will call us to something just for a season. Maybe that season is a week, a month, or five years. Sometimes, we might get derailed and called back to the work He originally called us to. It is wonderful how God can use us at every stage of life.
Possibly, your dream ended because of failure. Failure is not reason to blame yourself or doubt God’s promises. Failure is reason to seek God in a deeper way and seek to understand His will. I cannot tell you if you are supposed to try harder, or if you are supposed to seek something else; that answer can only come from God. BUT TAKE HEART. God has overcome the world.
I have said it time and time again: It doesn’t matter if God says yes, not now, or no; He is good. Always. He is good when you are on the mountaintop, celebrating a successful promotion. He is good when your book proposal has been rejected – again. He is good when you have a loss in your family. He is good when you celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary. HE. IS. GOOD.
An approach to life I am striving to take is to stay faithful to God and what my calling is, despite my life’s circumstances and what others say about it. I’ve been told no about a few certain topics, but these no’s have come from humans, not from God. Every time I hear a no (and even when I don’t) my prayer is this: “Lord, show me your will. If this is what you are calling me to do, help pave the way for it to come to fruition. If this is not, remove the desire from my heart. I seek to serve you in everything I do. Thank you for your faithfulness. Amen.”
He has both paved the way for things and He has removed desires from my heart. Some of these things have been small and some have been large, but in everything He has been constant.
The Psalms are so comforting to me. I want to leave you with this scripture from Psalm 118:5-9, and encourage you write this down if you are needing nourishment.
In my distress I prayed to the LORD,
and the LORD answered me and set me free.
The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in people.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.