We all have dreams of what our future holds for us. When I was younger I dreamed of being a dentist. Yes, a dentist. However, as we get older and experience life, these dreams we have change and shift. At times we find different passions or discover we are talented at certain tasks. At other times however, we experience trouble or even destruction in our lives. Having God in your life (or wanting God in your life) means that we have hope for our future because God is stronger than our biggest problems. There are a few things that we can do now that will allow God to start the reconstruction project we need as we stand in ruins.
The most important thing we can do is believe that God can rebuild our life and make something good happen.
Israel as a nation had walked away from God and Isaiah the prophet knew it. He knew that Israel was going to face destruction but also knew that his God was a God of restoration. God had spoken to Isaiah and said this:
Isaiah 43:1b-3a (NLT) “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Especially in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus, know that God has already paid a price for you. Even with all the rubble and smoke around your life, God has bought you and won’t let you go. Within God’s wisdom, He saw all the difficulties you would face and all the mistakes you would make but still has chosen to be with you. I had difficulty believing that there was a God who wanted to be with someone like me who had made mistakes that seemed beyond repair. However, even when we seem like we are drowning in the deep waters, God is reaching His hand out to us. As the rushing rivers of life seem to sweep upon us in an instant, God is on the riverbank pulling us back to dry ground. Even when the fires of depression burn all the joy within our heart, God’s joy will see us through and pour love into our scorched heart.
Next, put your trust in God’s strength to rebuild your foundation.
At points in our lives, we have opposition to where we are going whether it be from family, friends, or even our own head! Yet our God is the one who loves to show the world how strong He is despite the size of the opposition.
Psalm 18:29 (NLT) In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
By our strength, we can only do so much. Even if we are the most talented, we have limits. God does not. By His very nature, He can make anything happen. This God is on your side and He wants to show you how to move forward. The greatest stories in the Old Testament had impossible odds against the hero that God had chosen. In all those examples, pessimism was outweighed by trusting in the spoken word and character of the Lord. The opposition in your life may be daunting and terrifying, but the strength of the Lord is greater than that. Let’s look to the amazing might of our God rather than focusing on the numbers and ferocity of our enemies.
Lastly, some people may believe they must live with their consequences forever and have no hope. Your mistakes won’t stop God from doing something in your life as long as we bring our hearts to Him for healing and forgiveness.
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.
We have all made mistakes and at times, it appears that nothing good can come from those situations. Although it does pain God to see us slip, He won’t let our pains be wasted. Jesus has come and paid the ultimate price for our future. Your biggest mistakes and your biggest challenges can be another chance for Jesus to show you His compassion and grace. Don’t give up and believe you are beyond help. Don’t give up and believe that your situation is beyond repair. Don’t give up and believe that God won’t help you. Let’s see God do what He does best and rebuild our most difficult situations.
43 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.