If You Really Trust God
A few years ago my friend flew to Atlanta for a big job interview. He was so excited about it. It was a top position at one of the largest companies in the world. It looked like a golden opportunity, a huge boost to his career. He was ready to give up his position of nearly thirty years and move his family.I know this because he called and ask me to pray over his big interview. Lanthy and I, we prayed God would give him favor and cause him to stand out. In a few days he called and he was on cloud nine. Everything went great. It looked very promising.
Several weeks went by, and they invited him back for a second interview. He did the same thing. He called and asked us to pray. We prayed: favor, promotion, on and on. After talking with him for several hours that company called him back in and said, “We really like you. You’re incredibly talented. We just don’t feel you’re the right fit for our organization.”
It was like they let the air out of his balloon. He came to visit us like he had lost his last friend. He looked twenty years older. He was so discouraged. He said, “Thế, I don’t understand it. I prayed. I believed. How could God let this happen?”
I told him what I’m telling you: The same God Who opens doors will close doors. You have to trust Him. You may not understand the disappointment now, but one day you will understand it. One day you will thank God that you didn’t get that position.
A couple years later, he came to visit us again and he was smiling from ear to ear. The Atlanta company that had turned him down was in bankruptcy. Thousands of people were laid off. It was a big scandal and all over the news. The company eventually shut down.
Here’s how good God is: When he applied for the Atlanta job, he was less than two years from retirement at the job he wanted to leave. If he had been hired by the Atlanta company, he would not only have been out of a job, but he also would have lost nearly thirty years of retirement benefits.
God knows what He is doing. Don’t be discouraged by your closed doors. If God wants a door to open you can be certain it will open. All the forces of darkness cannot stop it.
Friend, what I want you to see is when you pray, you believe, you stand in faith; if the door doesn’t open; take it as a sign from God. It’s not His best. Sometimes, like my friend, you may disappoint, but God loves you too much to open that door. God is not letting you down. He is doing you a favor. He is keeping you from all kinds of heartache and pain.
If you really trust God you have to be content with the answer God gives you. So often we say we’re trusting, but the truth is that we’re happy only if God does it out way, on our timetable. You have to put the dream on the altar and say, “God, if this is what You want for me. If this is Your best for my life. I know You are in complete control. These is no power greater than Yours. God, I trust You. If it happens, I will be happy and thank You for it. If it doesn’t work out, I won’t be discouraged. I won’t quit believing. I now that means You have something better in store.”
This takes off all the pressure. You won’t be frustrated if it doesn’t work out. You won’t live in self-pity if it doesn’t happen your way. You know the steps and the stops of a good person are ordered by the Lord.