Commit your works to Yahweh, and your thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)
There are many visionaries in the world, but most of them fail to materialize their dreams for lack of understanding that success doesn’t happen on a whim; it’s a process. It’s no secret that you can’t just imagine what you want into existence. Life doesn’t work like that. You have to work hard to obtain what you want. Many people have given up on their dreams because they don’t want to have to sweat in order to achieve their goals. And some even give up when they’re only a step away from success, because they lose hope under pressure.
If you want what God wants for you, then you can be sure He will give it to you. God desires to make good things happen in your life, but you must be willing to go wherever He leads you in order to receive His blessing, even if it means you have to go through trials. I’m reminded of something Paul said. “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. In everything and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:12-13 MKJV).
Paul didn’t let his circumstances define who he was; he knew that he belonged to Jesus, and was willing to accept whatever life threw at him in order to follow Him. He wasn’t a man who lived by fear, but one who was convinced that God would complete the work He started in him (see Philippians 1:6). Trials didn’t weaken Paul’s faith; rather, they made him stronger. For he learned to depend on God more and more through them.
If you don’t get exactly what you’re looking for in life, it doesn’t mean God is leaving you out in the cold. Sometimes, God withholds certain things from us to awaken us to the reality of our condition. Thus, He opens our eyes to the danger we’re in, and shows us that it’s best to return to the path from which we’ve wandered away from Him. In this sense, trials could be seen as an act of love (Revelation 3:19).
If you hit a wall, it doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end of your journey. It simply means you need to seek wisdom from God. Don’t try to rely on your own understanding; instead, commit your works to God, and you will reap the success He wants to give you.