The news last week was full of exam results from those who took A levels and GCSEs. We’ve seen a whole raft of emotions from students and parents in response to the grades awarded, joy as well as upset from those who didn’t achieve what they wanted.
What do you do if you have ‘failed’ to achieve what you expected, and you feel all your hopes are dashed? And this applies as much to those in work who fail to get promotion, or to get a new job they so desperately wanted. Or to anything else in life.
As well as disappointment, emotions may range from utter despair, to anger and feelings that it is not fair.
Of course it’s natural to be upset, but for the Christian despondency will not achieve anything, rather look and you will find God has provided friends and family to ‘pick us up’, to talk through the options. With them and with prayer, he will steer us in the right direction
Pass or fail, we can be sure that God's love surpasses all understanding. We can't earn his affection and however 'successful' we feel we are or are not, nothing will change his unconditional love for us.
With Jesus the past is dealt with and our future is totally secure, even when things don’t go to plan, whether it’s exam results, promotions or new jobs.
" I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10