I had a friend say to me once that God sometimes allows us to fail because He loves us, but I recently had a change of perspective and believe that it's because He loves us that He won't allow us to fail.
I like to think of failure as a pit stop instead of a permanent destination.
Because we are imperfect people, we sometimes do things that are out of the will of God, but because He loves us, He will always guide us back to Him. Failure in our eyes is different than failure in God's eyes.
The only true failure is giving up.
Think about Jonah. The Lord told him to go to Nineveh, and he deliberately disobeyed Him by getting on a ship to Tarshish. Jonah foolishly thought he could escape God.
So while he was on the ship, the Lord caused a violent storm that threatened to tear the ship apart. The sailors were afraid so they called upon their different gods and tried to lighten the ship so they wouldn't die.
But get this, while all was happening, Jonah was sound asleep.
What many people don't realize about Jonah is that he had mad faith in God. He knew how just and merciful He is, which why he tried to run from Him in the first place.
I'd argue that it's because of his faith in God that he was able to sleep while everyone else was panicking and afraid. He knew it's impossible to hide from God. I mean, come on, He's God.
Look at the parallel in Matthew 8:23-27.
While the disciples were on a boat headed across the lake, a violent storm struck the lake. The disciples were afraid for their lives, so they called on the Lord, Jesus, who was sound asleep because he is peace and it would contradict who he is to be riled up.
"Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm." - Matthew 8:26
This blows my mind ...
The disciples called on the Lord to save them because they wanted Peace, and Jonah did not because he knew that Peace wanted him. He was out of the will of God so therefore he was running away from Peace. And when you run away from Peace, you won't have any.
God loves us, though, and He uses setbacks to get our attention. He will allow our peace to be disrupted, but if we are in constant fellowship with him, He won't let us fail.
Jonah was thrown into the sea, and God arranged for a "great fish" to swallow him up. He was in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights—he wasn't dead and had nowhere to go.
When you have nowhere to turn but to God, you're in the perfect place for a breakthrough.
God used that "pit stop" to get Jonah to focus his attention back on Him.
Embrace the pit stop.
Setbacks are opportunities to refuel and refocus your mind for an even greater comeback. And you will have an even greater comeback!
God is a persistent God who loves you so much that if you go a direction that's opposite to what He has for you, He will always guide you back to Him. He will send you a lifeboat when you're sinking, but what you do with it is on you.
So what will you do? Will you choose peace or stay asleep?
God won't let you fail, but will you give up and let yourself fail? Or will you keep moving forward and have a great comeback?
This is the beginning of a new year and a new season for you. Choose peace.
"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." - John 14:27
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