Senior Living - January 14

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. --Romans 8:28

Many years ago in London, a talented young man began preparing for the ministry. He had surrendered his life to Christ and wanted so badly to be used by the Lord. He was a brilliant student and completed his seminary studies with honors.

Prior to his ordination as a minister, he was required to preach a sermon before a select group of clergymen. The intensity of the situation made him nervous—especially when he saw his lovely fiancée sitting in the audience. In his anxiety, he lost his train of thought as he preached…which resulted in the board not approving him for ordination.

The rejection was a bitter disappointment, and his grief increased when his fiancée broke off their engagement because he had performed so poorly. After these two events, he fought depression for quiet some time. Several weeks later, He poured out his complaint before God, and was reminded of God's promise in Romans 8:28…"in all things God works for the good of those who love him…." It was then that he experienced an incredible peace in his soul.

When the chance to preach happened again, the young man delivered a powerful sermon to the examining board and he was ordained to the ministry. Since this time, the dynamic preaching of G. Campbell Morgan has impacted thousands of people. This infamous expositor authored several Bible commentaries and 60 books on theology. Morgan left a legacy that still stirs hearts today—and the crisis he went through and overcame with God's help played a huge part.

Failure can often cause us to question the calling God has placed on our lives. But many times we can't see the big picture. Friend, whether you can see it or not, God is working in your life—but sometimes He works behind the scenes.

If you are a believer and have experienced failure, don't give up! God can use that failure to produce success and blessing in your life according to the promises in His Word.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to turn your failures into triumphs, and thank Him for the promises of His Word.

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