Rising From Failures & Disappointments: How To Understand God’s Plans For You
The Bible tells us to come to Jesus Christ with our disappointments and failures, trusting Him to change our hearts. But how do we understand His plans when our judgment remains clouded? How do we keep our faith stronger when we’re stuck in our defeat? Here’s what the scripture tells us about rising from failures and disappointments through Him.
Faith is not a Shield Against Failure
Do not question your faith when tested because this is what the devil wants: for God’s people to fail. Remember what Jesus told Simon Peter in Luke 22:31-34.
“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fails not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
This passage should give you a new perspective on keeping your faith strong despite spiritual battles. Jesus prayed for Simon Peter that his faith would never fail.
Even though you feel alone in your battle, know that Christ always looks out for you. You can do everything through Him.
God Uses Failure to Introduce New Opportunities
Failures are inevitable but transformational. They catch our attention and allow us to evaluate our spirituality. When we fail, God humbles us and reminds us of our boundaries. But he still makes us feel worthy of His love.
Take the story of King David for example. He loved God but still disappointed his people. He had Uriah killed in combat. And before this, he slept with his wife and impregnated her. But David changed for the better with the help of God.
Your plans don’t always work, but God’s greater purpose does. Whether it’s a detour in your career or the loss of a loved one, your life will eventually work out for your good and His glory. With enough faith, you can serve God in a greater capacity.
Admit Your Disappointment
Saying, “God has a plan for me” is not enough if you don’t confess your failure. It takes courage to admit that you are disappointed with yourself or God.
God gifted us with human emotions to let it all out of our system. We can be angry or sad in a healthy manner without prolonging it.
“Confess that you are longing for something else more than Him. Ask Him to forgive you through the cross. Receive assurance of complete forgiveness” – 1 John 1:9
Write it in your journal, seek help from your community, and keep praying. Do not be like the Israelites who prolonged their disappointment and questioned God many times despite the miracles they have seen.
They witnessed the provision of manna and quail, the parting of the Red Sea, and the pillar of fire but still doubted.
Once you’ve acknowledged the letdown, then you can say:
“Not my will but yours be done.” -Luke 22:42
Trust God With Your Future
Your plans are temporary, but God’s plans are eternal. Stop focusing on the past and worrying about the future. Instead, concentrate on what you can do today. Pray and trust the Bible until your soul becomes pure enough to rise above disappointment and failure.