WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO

WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO

WHEN THINGS DON'T WORK OUT AS DESIRED - TRUST HIM!

WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS DESIRED – TRUST GOD!

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

I don’t know the details of your situation, but if you’ve lived long enough, I do know you’ve had this experience or something very similar.

It was a situation where you desired something, some outcome concerning yourself or a person, place or thing in your life and in your view, what you desired was a good thing because after all, it did not conflict with the basic principles of God’s will as outlined in His Word and obtaining it would be beneficial.

You did everything you knew to do for things to work out.

You prayed, planned, followed the steps, took the measures, made the adjustments, met the deadlines, heeded the sound advice, put in the time, kept the faith, repented when necessary……you even fasted, prayed, came in agreement with a prayer partner, sowed a seed, decreed and declared the outcome and praised God in advance for it.

You did everything you knew to do for things to work out according to your desires……everything!

But they didn’t work out.

You still did not get the job.

You still lost your house.

Your spouse still left.

Your child still died.

The person was still not healed.

The deal still fell through.

The relationship or friendship still went sour.

Your desired outcome concerning yourself, or that person, place or thing did not materialize……….It just did not happen.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

Thousands of yeas ago, Jesus, God’s beloved, only begotten, sinless, Son had an outcome He desired as well.

He wanted another way to redeem mankind other than having to go to the cross.

It’s not that He did not want to redeem mankind, it was just that the very thought of what He would have to go through to do it shook Him to His very core causing His “soul to be exceeding sorrowful even unto death” (Matthew 26:38)

Jesus agonized and prayed so fervently over the matter that His sweat was as drops of blood…..can you imagine that!

Three times He asked the Father if there was any other possible way to get the job done, ending each request by telling the Father, nevertheless, not my will but yours be done.

After all of this intense prayer, what was the outcome?

The outcome was that Jesus’ request was denied.

Another way was not granted.

A grueling death on the cross was the only option given.

What did Jesus do?

He accepted the Father’s answer and moved on in obedience to the Father’s revealed will, trusting the Father’s sovereignty, wisdom and love.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

The great Apostle Paul who was God’s key man sent to the Gentiles and who under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament had an affliction.

Exactly what it was, the Bible does not say, but it does tell us that the affliction was causing Paul enough distress for him to ask God if He would take it away.

When you think about it, this affliction must have caused Paul great distress because we never read of Paul praying to God and asking Him not to be imprisoned, stoned, flogged, mobbed or shipwrecked anymore, but we do read of how three times he prayed to God to remove this affliction.

II Corinthians 12:7, 8 states, “And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted.Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;” (Amplified Bible)

After all of that intense prayer, what was the outcome to Paul’s request?

The outcome was that Paul’s requested was denied.

Verse 9 states, “But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!” (Amplified Bible)

Removal of the thorn in his flesh was not granted.

A messenger of satan to rack and buffet and harass him was what he had to constantly face. 

What did Paul do?

He accepted the Lord’s answer that His grace was sufficient for him and moved on in obedience to the Lord’s revealed will, trusting the Lord’s sovereignty, wisdom and love.

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

  • Do you have an emotional tantrum?
  • Do you get angry, bitter and resentful?
  • Do you doubt the love and wisdom of God?
  • Do you give up and lose faith?
  • Do you have a pity party?
  • Do you sink deep in depression?
  • Do you stop praying?
  • Do you stop attending church?
  • Do you walk away from God?

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

If Jesus, our sinless Lord and Savior, the only begotten beloved Son of God experienced things not working out as He desired in spite of doing all He could, and if the Apostle Paul, God’s key man sent to the Gentiles who under the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote most of the New Testament experienced things not working out as he desired, why are we 21st century saints so shocked when things don’t work out as we want? ….SELAH!

SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN THINGS DO NOT WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO?

Let’s take a lesson from our Lord Jesus and from the Apostle Paul.

When things do not work out as desired in spite of all of our efforts, let’s rise above our thoughts and feelings, accept God’s answer, know that the Lord’s grace is sufficient to undergird us, and move on in obedience to whatever is the Lord’s revealed will, trusting His sovereignty, wisdom and love as we go. 

By His grace you can!

By his grace, I can!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

(Romans 8:28 – NLT)

Be encouraged!

Kim

Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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5 thoughts on “WHAT TO DO WHEN THINGS DON’T WORK OUT AS YOU WANTED THEM TO

  1. A question we should ALL ask ourselves. Been there, done that, got a tee Shirt. You keep living and you will survive. When you think you’ve lost the love of your life, you will survive! Remember that! 🙂

  2. All that you’ve said is so true…..BTDT and got my t-shirt too…..LOL….hey and I believe everyone needs to know that when you think you’ve lost the love of your life, whether a person, place or thing, bunker down in God,…in His presence, His Word and His Love and you will survive….blessings!

  3. It’s okay…:)……I pray that God intervenes in your situation and sends confusion to the plans of your stalker concerning you, kills his desire for pursuit and gives him an encounter with God that turns him from a “Saul’ to a “Paul”…..Our Father is able!….:) May His peace, protection and power rest upon you wherever you are and may you find good success in whatever you pursue to His honor and glory….God bless you!

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