by Joel Osteen
"I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead" (Philippians 3:13)
We all go through disappointments, setbacks and things that we don't understand. Maybe you prayed for a loved one, but they didn't get well. Or maybe you worked hard for a promotion, but you didn't get it. You stood in faith for a relationship, but it didn't work out.
One of the best things you can do is release it. Let it go. Don't dwell on it anymore. If you go around wondering why things didn't work out, all that's going to do is lead to bitterness, resentment and self-pity. Before long, you'll be blaming others, blaming yourself, or even God. You may not have understood what happened. It may not have been fair.
But when you release it, it's an act of your faith. You're saying, "God, I trust You. I know You're in control. And even though it didn't work out my way, You said, ĎAll things are going to work together for my good.' So I believe You still have something good in my future."
There is power in letting go of the past and the frustration of trying to figure everything out. When you release your questions, you are saying, "God, You are in control. I trust You." And when you put your hope in God, that's when He can heal your heart and lead you forward into His path of blessing.
A Prayer for Today
Father God, I come to you in the precious name of Jesus Christ. Help me to forgive and release the past. Heal my heart and restore my soul. Show me the good plan You have for my future as I keep my mind stayed on You in Jesus' name. Amen.
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