Responding to Failed Dreams

Sonar x1 displaying a "Could not open file" box.“You become a winner. because you’re good at losing.” – Seth Godin, Linchpin

Warren Buffet was a genius at finding a struggling business he knew had solid foundations, investing at the low price, then making a killing when it came back.  Everyone knows Apple, Starbucks and Google are solid companies now, but to beat everyone else to the punch either with an unknown start-up or with a company coming back after everyone’s given up on it…that takes some investing skill.

I wish I could’ve invested in Job’s company back in the Bible days.   Job was a rich businessman, but not a heartless corporate guy.  He was God-fearing and loved his family.  One day his company suddenly collapsed.  His assets were taken in raids, then his own children died in a storm.  If this company had stock, it would crash.

After going through tests and discussing the questions of life and suffering, eventually God brought him new kids and restored his possessions to double what was before.  Wouldn’t it be great to buy at the crash and then watch the stock go up to double?  Job had foundations and the smart investor could’ve seen his track record even though circumstances had come against him.  And morally his strong character was obvious.

A few years ago, we used to sing this song in church which was taken from Job, “Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be Your glorious name, You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Blessed be Your name.”

When Job lost everything, what was his response?  Rather than accusing God in the moment, He fell on his face and worshipped.

In my own testing I’ve had to keep at it in spite of problems in getting my CD out.  The other day I had technical issues in my software on a new song (not on the CD).  When I saved while it froze, the file ended up being corrupted and I hadn’t backed it up.  I can scrap up some the audio, but it’ll be hard to piece together.  I had to leave for work, where I was discouraged in a way I hadn’t in a long time.

But you know what?  I could just sit there in discouragement or I could worship God, let Him restore, and continue on with the dream.

What are you being tested in?  When people talk about being tested it seems so generalized till you go through your own test, and then it becomes far worse.  I’m not just talking about being sick a few days or having a rough time with the bills.  There are also things like miscarriage, a struggle with depression, a circumstance you can’t seem to escape, losing a job or having a spouse or parent abandon you.  Why would a just God allow these things to happen His faithful children?

I don’t claim to know all the answers, but God is still on the throne, knows what He’s doing, and is still worthy of our worship.  There are places to vent as David did in the Psalms, but are we just going to sit there angry at God, or do we acknowledge His sovereignty and continue on with the dreams He’s put in our lives?

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  – 1 Peter 5:10

Video taken from Audra Lynn, a worship leader at Internation House of Prayer.  Support good independent worship music!

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