Failure or Success?

An interesting question to consider: If the failure of dreams or goals we long for or work so hard toward is used by God to show us more of Him (and ourselves) is it His will to choose failure or success for us? On the one hand, God is more interested in our sanctification than our comfort. Though we avoid pain, it can be the most effective tool God uses to shape us. Drawing us ever closer to Him in obedience is His goal. On the other, God is gracious, full of lovingkindness, and nothing is impossible for Him.

Perhaps He brings a measure of both? What is true success as we walk with Christ? What is failure? Does God care about the details of our lives in vocation? These are questions unique to each of us.

As we set our minds on the preeminence of God in Christ, He is the source of our joy and meaning. Is this priority really enough for us in our successes or failures? Each circumstance can cloud our view if we do not keep our eyes on Jesus.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.” Psalm 16:2.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6.

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