As I mentioned in past posts, having pain sometimes makes me feel guilty. It’s like I can’t I accept the fact that my body has deviated from God’s original design, or I feel frustrated because I can’t be as productive as I would like. In Chapel today, the missionary-in-residence from Ethiopia discussed his own story of a pregnant woman who did not survive her pregnancy at his watch because of some complications.
The point is, no matter how deep our faith is, we have all probably struggled with regrets and the vulnerability of putting ourselves out there and failing, realizing we can’t take it back. Or you have that moment when you want to prove all your skeptics wrong…except your skeptics’ comments were confirmed.
“For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Many people never reach self-actualization, the highest need on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, because….they are afraid that they will feel dejected when they do not reach their dreams. There are several examples in the Bible, such as:
- Abraham fled to Egypt because of drought (Genesis 12:10).
- Moses didn’t want to speak in front of people. This happened multiple times throughout Exodus.
We forget that we don’t succeed because of our own abilities, but because we succeed and bounce back from failure because of God’s forgiveness.
God gives us the tools to learn from our mistakes, but also the ability to discern between true and false standards of success that the world foolishly perpetuates. We do this by praying for discernment through the Holy Spirit.
Things We Should Pray About in the Midst of Experiencing “Failure”
1. We learn what God truly wants us to learn from a situation. This comes from studying relevant passages.
2. Discernment of what other people tell us. I will be honest. When I first studied Job, I couldn’t really tell whether Job’s friends were making helpful or unhelpful comments. Thus, it is no wonder that sometimes, we cannot discern whether something someone says is God’s truth or not.
3. Comparison: Not valuing the gifts that God has given each of us, particularly when they are different and not in the areas that bring us the most popularity. Being in Christ means we are using our talents to glorify His work, not to enhance our own reputation.
When people tell us that our gifts are not in the right areas and it takes a stronghold on our life outlook, we need to ask God to cleanse us from these thoughts and have the strength through Him to forgive these people.
When we are able to forgive people and see them as God’s children that also struggle with brokenness, their power to intimidate us lessens.
If you would like to explore this some more, check out Gateway Church’s Healing Ministry.
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