Most twenty to thirty age singles are chasing something: a job, a relationship, ministry, marriage, a business, or missions etc. Some of us chase these things and are successful by man’s standards and by God’s standards. Some of us succeed merely by man’s standards. Some of us don’t end up being successful by man’s standards. Our dreams and hopes don’t come true. We are left disillusioned, confused, angry, and feeling like we failed God or that he failed us. When this happens, how do we react? We can stay angry and blame God for not giving us what we thought we deserve. In reality, we deserve his wrath, but he has given us the opportunity for salvation through Christ. We can choose to focus on the blessings God has given by justifying us through Christ, by loving us so much He gave Christ to for our sins, for reconciling us to Himself through Christ, and making us new in Christ. Out of that we can choose to love God and love people. I wonder if that’s God’s purpose, when we fail: That we choose to chase Him instead of dreams. He becomes the goal, not the next accomplishment or relationship. I’m not saying this is easy or that we shouldn’t have goals, but I wonder if we make things more complicated than they are. I’ve been choosing to learn to be content where God has put me. That doesn’t mean striving to climb a ladder, but it does mean loving God and loving people. It means choosing to believe the truth of Scripture over the lies of success and people pleasing. It means doing justice, loving mercy, and learning to walk humbly with my God and learning boasting in Him instead of myself.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.