You Can Trust God's Faithfulness
From the time Vanetta Flowers was a little girl, her dream was to compete in the Olympic Games. She had always been an incredibly fast runner. By the age of 22, she was a world-class athlete ready to try out for the Olympics. She competed in the 100-meter dash and the long jump. But her efforts were not quite good enough. She missed making the team by a fraction of a second. Instead of giving up, she decided to put in four more years of grueling training, getting up early, running, lifting weights, working out, eating properly. In the year 2000, her big moment came. At the age of 26 and in the best shape of her life, she tried out for the long jump. She knew this would be her last chance to make the Olympic team. But in spite of her training and all of her talent, she still didn’t make it. She was so devastated. It looked like 17 years of training had gone down the drain. Every voice said, “It’s over. You must have heard God wrong because it’s definitely not going to happen now.” But one day, her husband saw a sign in the gym that said, “Continue your Olympic dream by trying out for the bobsled team.” There were two requirements: you had to be a good sprinter and a good long jumper — the two things that she had worked on for over 17 years. She didn’t even know what the bobsled was, but her husband talked her in to trying out. Long story short, she not only made the Olympic team, but in 2002, she became the first African-American woman to ever win a Gold Medal in the Winter Olympics.
There is a verse in Romans 8:28 that says, “...all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). That’s you; that’s me. For Vanetta, yes, her initial dream of sprinting and competing in the long jump did not come true, but God had a better plan. He used her past for a better future, and she went on to win the Gold Medal. God wants to do the same for you.
Like Vanetta, you may have something you’re pursuing right now, but things aren’t working out. Let me encourage you; you can trust God. He will cause all things in your life to work together for good. God is a faithful God. What He has promised in your life will come to pass. When things aren’t looking so good, your attitude should be, “God, I know You will never fail me or let me down. And even though this looks like a disappointment, I believe that all things work together for my good. It may not be good right now, but I believe one day I will look back and see how, in the overall plan for my life, You used this to my advantage.”
Friends, faith is all about trusting. You’ve got to know down deep that God has your best interest at heart. And just because you go through a disappointment does not mean it’s not going to happen. I see too many people that if their plan doesn’t work out, if they don’t qualify for the new home, if they don’t get the promotion, instead of believing that God’s in control and has something better in store, they get all down and discouraged and never see the promise come to pass. But understand, just because it doesn't happen our way on our time table doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen.
In other words, maybe you’re doing your best, but it doesn’t look like anything is happening. You’ve trained, you’ve sacrificed, you’ve prayed, you’ve believed; but it just doesn’t look like it’s worth it. You wonder, “Is it even worth it to keep going? Is it worth it to keep treating this person right even though they’re treating me wrong? Is it worth it to keep pursuing my dreams when I’ve had so many closed doors? Is it worth it to keep trying to overcome this addiction even though I’ve failed so many times?” No listen, if you will look up through your eyes of faith, you will see your heavenly Father with a big smile nodding His head saying, “Yes, it’s worth it. Keep going. You’re doing good. I’m in control. I’m a faithful God.”
And when those voices come, and they come to all of us, saying, “Stop, give up, you’re wasting your time.” Don’t dwell on it. Learn to look back up again. Use your imagination. See your heavenly Father smiling down on you nodding His head saying, “Yes, you’re doing good. You can make it.” When you realize the God that spoke the world into existence is saying, “I’ll never fail you. Keep going. Everything’s going to be alright; I’ll cause everything to work out.” That’s what will give you the strength, the confidence, the determination to ignore every negative voice, to shake off every disappointment, knowing that if God be for you, saying “Yes, you can do it”, then it doesn’t matter who else is saying no. God has the final say.
You can trust the faithfulness of God. What He promised, He will bring to pass. God will not fail you or let you down; He’s in complete control. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen. That means the promise is still in your future. Some of you are living worried, stressed, wondering if it’s ever going to happen; but understand, God has you in the palm of His hand. He has never failed you in the past, and let me assure you, He will not fail you in the future. If you will dare trust the faithfulness of God, in due season He promises He’s going to pour out His favor in new ways. Like Vanetta’s story, God will cause all things to work together. Just watch and see! And I believe every promise God put in your heart, you will see come to fulfillment. You can trust God’s faithfulness to cause all things to work together for your good in your own life.