Imagine that you are going for an important job. Something that is very important to you and the chances of you succeeding in that job are pretty slim. Suppose someone comes to you as you are leaving and says, “Best of luck, I am sure you will get it done”, how would you feel?
You would feel happy for few minutes, but as the time approaches, you will become more and more nervous and surely that good luck wish will not be in your mind. You will be thinking more about the practicality of the situation and that good luck wish would not be in the back of your mind, calming your nerves. And, when you succeed, of course, you are not going to think immediately about the person who wished you best of luck and say thank you a million times in your heart to that person.
Only when that person meets you and says, “Hey, but I was the one who said that you would be successful”, you will say, “Yes, that’s right. Thank you.” And that will be the end of it.
Now imagine the same scenario, but the other way. As you are leaving, say someone comes and tells, “I wish you luck, but I don’t think that will be of any use. I am sure it is going to be a failure.”
Will that comment be with you only for few minutes? No, it will be on your mind as you travel, it will be on your mind as you climb up the steps. As you get more nervous, your heart will be thinking about that comment more. And, if you fail, the very first thing that would come to your mind is what that person said just before you left.
As you explain why the job failed, you would invariably tell everyone that one of the reasons it failed was because of what that person said. And when you meet him or her next time, they won’t have to remind you about that – you will remember.
Isn’t that odd? Two people giving you two wishes and your heart thinks more about the bad omen. I don’t know why. But I have seen that is the case almost with everyone I have met. Probably there are few people who are different, but I have not met them so far. When we have two types of news, our hearts always retain the bad news, not the good news.
Bad news hurt us so much. When we have so many bad news coming on our way, somewhere along the way, our hearts have a problem. When the LORD gives us a promise, we cannot believe it. There is always a doubt deep down in our hearts. And the LORD knows it. In His eternal grace, the LORD does not hold us in contempt because we have trouble believing. Instead, the LORD says something to us.
“For thus says the Lord: As I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.” – Jer. 32:42 (AMP)
This is the LORD’s assurance – just like the bad things that has happened in our life, the good things that the LORD has promised also will happen in your life. When you have trouble believing the LORD’s word because of all the failures, the LORD says, that those failures are His signs that you will succeed. When your faith wavers because you have been humiliated so many times, the LORD says that those humiliations are signs that you will be glorified before the LORD.
So, next time when your hear points out that you have failed before, take heart. Just like the LORD allowed those failures in your life, HE is bringing happiness and success into your life. So, get ready, for the LORD is bringing so much happiness into your life just as He allowed so much tears.
|Psalm 139:13-14 “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
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