Yea – that title needs work. There’s a good chance that, by the time you’re reading this, I’ll have changed the name of this article, but i guarantee you that it will still need work, and this sentence will still apply.
See, we are not perfect beings. Far from it! (, , for a few examples) The work we do is not perfect – it can’t be – because there is only one perfect being – God (et. al.). We humans strive to reach perfection; in some of us, even, perfectionism is such a huge issue that’s it’s crippling. When things don’t go right, our endeavors don’t perform, or events continuously deviate from our intended path, the sense of abject failure may create a desire to just… freeze, so we don’t fail anymore. It’s not that what we’re doing is wrong, or that we’re not good enough (more on that later), or even that we’re not skilled or useful… It’s just that sometimes, well, things just don’t go our way.
The answer is God, of course, but not in that trite, over-used way of “Just trust in the Lord and everything will be OK.” While that statement is ultimately true – everything will not always be OK while we’re here in this plane of existence. Life on this Earth is not supposed to be easy (). Yes – you do need to trust in God, because faith through the fires of tribulation leads to a stronger faith and perseverance ()… but that doesn’t mean that the cancer will be cured, or the job will be obtained, or the bills will be paid. Consider this:
Have you been faithful? Have you trusted Him when things were going well – or at least when they seemed to be? Did you still trust in Him when you got what you wanted?
God loves us. He wants to be near us, so draw near to Him when you find yourself lost and wandering in the desert – there’s a good chance you got there on your own, and it’s time to trust Him again to carry you to whatever that destination will be – “good” or “bad” – knowing that ultimately, our final destination, is with Him.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. (ESV)
20 Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. (ESV)
17 And to Adam he said,
“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; (ESV)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding. (ESV)