Free shipping with $50+ orders!

How God Can Use Failure for His Bigger Plan

February 28, 2018

How God Can Use Failure for His Bigger Plan

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

The world says if you make the right choices in the right order, you will succeed without fail. Right choice + right choice consistently made over time = prosperity. It also says that if it feels good, it’s good, and if it’s hard or filled with pain, it must not be the right course. However, as God shows us throughout scripture, He doesn’t do things the way the world does things. He sees the end result, and we only see what’s directly in front of us. Meaning that following Him and doing what He calls us to do will not always result in success, at least, to our eyes.

Sometimes God takes us to a place of failure and confusion, but that doesn’t mean that we didn’t do His will. He might use that step to set us up for the next step, one that gets us closer to who and where He wants us to be. We could share story after story of faithful servants of God who go where they’re called and wind up in situations involving failure, monetary misfortune or even death. That doesn’t mean they misunderstood Him. God can use broken situations for His ultimate purpose, and we have to trust that if we actively listen to Him and stay in communication with Him day after day, He will lead us where we need to go. 

The path of righteousness is not always a straight line to victory. Sometimes it’s hard to fathom that doing God’s will does not mean you’ll succeed. It doesn’t mean that things will be easy or that the dream God instilled in you or brought to fruition will last a lifetime. The Lord wants us to be flexible with the plans He gives us so we will have to depend on His strength and wisdom daily, asking Him what our next step should be. Where we are weak in our foresight, our Savior is strong and makes all things work together for our good!

Weekly Challenge: Share a friend or in the comments, what are you afraid of failing at that God called you to do? 





Also in Wheatful Woman Blog

Fueled by rest
Fueled by rest

April 17, 2024

God, thank you for being my ultimate source of fuel as I steward my life well for you.

View full article →

Letting go of my “boast list”
Letting go of my “boast list”

April 10, 2024

Turns out that like Paul, I’m not as “good” as my spiritual “boast list” makes me appear. I had misunderstood the beauty of the gospel- that salvation is based solely on the goodness of God, not the goodness of me. It is God’s grace that produces good works in us, not the other way around. Friend, let this truth dissolve any stock we have in our ability to produce a spiritual “boast list.” It’s been a humbling journey to let go of my “boast list,” but the grace of Jesus is so much better to h...

View full article →

New Wheatful Wednesday Author, Jessica!
New Wheatful Wednesday Author, Jessica!

April 03, 2024

Today we get to meet Jessica as we look forward to hearing from her in April, May and June! Jessica Bearden works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in The Woodlands, Texas. She is passionate about providing a judgment-free, hope-focused environment for her clients. Jessica enjoys theater, traveling, theology, and teaching the Bible! You will catch her drinking coffee every single day to keep up with chasing after her twin girls and toddler boy! She co-hosts Abide Women’s Bible Study retrea...

View full article →