By: Tim Sader
And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. (2 Corinthians 13:6)
The day after seeing a few houses with our realtor Bob it was the first event of our wedding in which we were preparing for. The bridal shower is a time the bride gets gifts that help her prepare for coming together and making a new home with her husband. The church is in preparations for the bridegroom to come also each of us must make ourselves ready for Him. In March we were getting several hits on people viewing our house. Linda our realtor lined up several showings and we were certain the house would sell before the wedding. Near the end of the month we had an offer on the house that seemed to be a sure thing after they paid earnest money. Since we were certain our house was about to sell we desperately needed to be on the house hunt. We called Bob and told him we had a contract on the house and asked about a few houses we wanted to see. We went ahead and got a room in Summerville so we could have a few days to search. The first day he took us to see a few of the houses we asked about and a couple others that he found. Sammy got brought over to the hotel and rode with us on the house hunt so that she could see the houses too. Most of the houses we were unable to get into so most of the time we sat in the van and waited for mom to see the inside with Bob. One day we went and had lunch before going to look at houses. We looked at a lot of houses that day and it got really warm. This made Sammy hot and riding so much upset her stomach, she got sick, had to wipe off with my blanket and buy a new shirt. The next time we looked at houses we got out and sat in the yard to get a feel for the neighborhoods and this helped keep the car sickness away. The last day looking at houses we did find one that could have worked for us so we put in an offer pending on the sale of or other house. Later that day we talked to Linda and told her we put an offer on a house but she had bad news because the people who bid on our house decided to back out. We were so disappointed when this happened because there wasn’t time for us to get another offer before the wedding and the house we bid on couldn’t be put on hold indefinitely.
When this happened we thought our plans had failed because now for a time after our wedding we would still be living in separate houses. It took faith not to push the wedding day back until our house sold but we were set on not moving it since many people had RSVP’d already. Our failing plans felt as though we studied all night for a test but we failed anyways. Later we found out it wasn’t so bad and the way everything turned out left us feeling satisfied with the journey to get there. When our flesh feels as if we have failed we must look to the Lord, He will be our strength and our portion forever (Ps. 73:26). When we fail looking to the Lord is often the only place left for us to turn. If we find Him we find life and receive favor from the Lord but those who don’t hate themselves, they hate the Lord and find death (Pr. 8:35-36). There is nothing good that comes from keeping the Lord out of our lives. The Lord can make rulers and nobility become like our family. He will bring honor to us when we give honor to Him. When we put our hope in the Lord we will not be disappointed (Is. 49:23). When we are close to God even our human inadequacies do not mean we are failing in life. If we are in His word and He is in our heart we will follow His voice and no word from Him will ever fail (Lk. 1:37). Another thing that we can do is to love and love never fails. Everything we try to do for God will fail if we have no love it will all pass away (1 Cor. 13:8). The only way love fails is if we fail to love. Sammy and I had not failed that test and our love was strong enough that eventhough for a time after the wedding we were traveling a lot eventually we found a house and were able to move.
Lord help us to not be devestated by disappointments, hurts and failures in our lives. Pick us up and dust us off Lord from past failures and let downs. Please speak to us the plan you have God for us because your words will not fail. Be our portion and our strength Lord so that we can find life and be favored by you. Lord you have not disappointed us because we hope in you. We maybe down for a moment Lord but I ask that through you we will discover that if we have breath left in us then we have not failed the test. In Jesus name, Amen.
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