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Neither success nor failure is final

POSTED: November 11, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Have you ever found yourself in what you thought was an impossible situation?
God seems to specialize in leading His people into humanly impossible circumstances, and often times, our first response is one of frustration or even hopelessness.
Imagine how Moses felt with the armies of Pharaoh behind him and the Red Sea before him. Imagine how the disciples must have felt after Jesus sent them straight into a storm.
During times like these, we are tempted to throw up our hands in despair, but if you have walked with God for any length of time, you know that this is when God does His best work. This is when faith matters and God steps in.
So what makes the difference? What makes change possible? First, pray. Prayer changes things. Taking impossible situations to God always sheds new light and perspective on any stage of life’s journey.
Second, seek God and meditate on His Word. When we open the Bible, impossible and frustrating situations become opportunities for God to do something great.
Third, godly counsel encourages change and growth. Often, the faith of godly friends can help us see clearly when we feel like we are “up against a wall” spiritually.
God does many things that we cannot comprehend. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
It is easy to fall into a fatalistic mindset that our circumstances will never change. Sometimes, because we have been in a situation for several years, we think things will never get better. It might be a job, or a spouse, or even our children. Bear in mind that change is always possible with God. You are on a journey with God, and He is always at work.
No matter how bleak our circumstances, change is always possible. It might be overnight like in the book of Esther when Haman was going to kill Mordecai, and instead found himself being the one hanging from the gallows. Sometimes change may take more than a day, it may take a month, or even a year. In God’s plan, there is always hope.
When I find myself in difficult situations, the best thing I can do is focus my attention on the Lord and concentrate on what He would have me to do.
I then ask myself these questions:
• Am I where God wants me to be today?
• Am I doing the best I can to handle this situation?
• Am I doing what God wants me to do?
If I can answer these questions with a clear conscience and a pure heart, then I can rest assured that it’s all in the Lord’s hands.
The same principle applies to success. I cannot rest on past successes. I am always to be pressing forward for God.
Just because things are going well in my life today, does not mean that all will go well next week. Many jobs and marriages have started great, to only end terrible. We can never drop our guard and coast along on past successes.
Regardless of the failure or the success, change is always possible. Do not get too high when things are going great. Don’t get too depressed when things are going badly. Remember, neither success or failure is permanent.
If you desire to reap change in your life, involve yourself in pursuits that will mature you in the Lord. Leave everything in His hands, and trust Him to produce the desired results.

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