“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go” (Isaiah 48:17).
My youngest son is in college now. He is studying for an exam that could place him in medical school, and he is worried. He is afraid that his score on the test will not be adequate for admission. He’s concerned he will have spent the past three years studying, only to not do well.
Recently, my son told our pastor, “You have been responsible for a lot of projects. I know sometimes you must wonder whether or not you will be successful.”
Our pastor gave him some great advice. He said, “When I go home and think about the day, I remember this:
Today is not the end. There is always tomorrow.
Tomorrow, I will have an opportunity to try again.
Tomorrow is another day Jesus and I will face together.
If I have tried my very best and the time comes when I don’t succeed and I have to go another direction, I feel it must be God’s hand pointing me that way. God always wants the best for me.”
When facing possible failure, we need to:
Acknowledge the truth. God is able to give the strength to keep on until the situation is resolved.
Know that God can do the impossible.
Realize that if God does not bring a dream to fruition, it is because He has even better plans ahead.
It all comes down to this: You never walk alone. God walks with you always and directs your path.
Kimberly Snider is a missionary to the Philippines.
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