We really have only two options in life: make excuses, or make progress. For every issue that arises in our lives, we have to choose whether we will find a way to overcome it, or make excuses for why it overcame us. But, what about when those seemingly insurmountable problems are orchestrated by God? You see, God has specific directions for our lives and He knows what it takes for us to reach our destiny. So, that means, at times, He will allow challenges to arise so He can lead us to His best for us.
It takes faith to trust God, especially when what He instructs us to do doesn’t make sense to us. In those moments, we must forget all the reasons why it won’t work, and believe the one reason it will…If God said it, it’s settled!
Some of Jesus’ disciples had a hard time trusting Him at His word when they first met on Lake Gennesaret in Luke 5:1. Peter, James, and John had been fishing all night, but had failed to catch a single thing. Naturally, they were skeptical when Jesus told them to go back out on the lake and cast their nets again. But of course, when they listened to Jesus, their nets came back up teeming with fish. On their own, they hadn’t been able to catch anything, but by following Jesus’ instructions, they caught more than they knew what to do with. Most things worth doing, you can’t do alone. God is a rewarder. When we put our faith in Him, He is going to see things through. And when that happens, we will develop the confidence to go through life knowing that God is in control.
What we have to realize is that when God asks something of us, we can be confident that He is going to give us the tools to succeed. The most important tool for succeeding will always be trusting in Him. God will do His part, but we must also do our part. It doesn’t matter how many times we have failed in the past, because failure is not the opposite of success; it’s an essential part of success! Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today; last night can end this morning, and it starts with trusting God and allowing Him to direct your life.
Dr. Derek Grier
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