When failure and defeat come into your life don’t let it keep you down because when God gets involved things will turn around. What brought trouble into your life can become the cornerstone for what God wants to accomplish in your life… that is if you are willing to trust him to do his work in you.
Chuck Colson is a good example of that principle. Colson was a top-level Nixon aide who was indicted and sent to prison shortly after the Watergate scandal in the early seventies. His political career was over and he was a broken man. But when God showed up the great turn around began. In prison he began reading Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, and that led to him eventually accepting Christ as his Lord and Savior. He became a new man with a new vision as well as a new and improved mission. After his release he started Prison Fellowship, a ministry that impacted the lives of tens of thousands of inmates worldwide. God took Chuck Colson’s worst defeat – his greatest failure – and made it the cornerstone of a new life. This man who was sent to jail for lying and cheating changed into a man that stood for truth and integrity. That’s how God works.
Difficulties can serve a purpose in your life as well _ a God-style purpose that helps you and brings glory to God. Now that isn’t where we usually start. Usually we think that because we have blown it that God is “out to get us.” Well, He is “out to get us” but not in the way we are thinking that He is “out to get us”. David wrote, “The Lord will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.” (Psalm 138:8)
As surely as God worked in Chuck Colson and David’s life He will work in your life as well. No matter how far you have wandered off the “straight and narrow” God has a plan for turning things around. His plan always includes Jesus but all the details may not be obvious right away. From where you are sitting things may seem to be totally out of control, but God will make a way for you to experience the fullness and joy of a life in him.
So rather than languishing in self-pity do what David did. And what did David do? Psalm 118:5 reveals exactly what David did. He prayed: “In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.” So whatever it is that has you in chains know that God can set you free _ freedom from guilt, from shame, from fear, from loneliness, from despair. Freedom to turn things around _ freedom to become a new person with a new vision as well as a new and improved mission _ a vision with a mission to help people become Jesus followers.