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Will God Fail You?

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 8 Comments

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Will God fail me?

I think if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve all asked this question––either consciously or unconsciously––at one time or another. In fact, it may be this very question that underlies our inability to give ourselves fully to God and His purposes in our lives.

We think, perhaps God doesn’t love me.

Perhaps God is too busy or too majestic to care about one individual such as myself.

Or even if He does love me, even if He cares, He certainly doesn’t care about each intricate detail of my life. 

Will God pull through?

Doubts come. Questions arise. All of which are a part of the normal process of faith. But I think the real question behind all our doubts is: Does God really love me? This is the real doubt behind our unwillingness to surrender.

It all comes back to love. We were created to be loved and to love others. When love is absent or love is in question, we lack security, which leads to our desire for control. Without feeling secure in God’s love for us, we cannot fully surrender.

We may believe that God is good. But do we believe that God will be good to us? [Tweet that]

God Failed Me

As a fifteen year old girl, I sat in bed, hearing my dad pack up his truck with my mom pleading in the background for him to stay. He left anyway. God had failed me. My family was torn apart. Darkness crept in.

Five years later, I sat at a park after my dad’s funeral, wrestling through so many thoughts and questions. I wasn’t even sure if there was a God at this point, but if there was, He had certainly failed me. Darkness settled upon my life.

A few years later, I found myself on bed rest, trying to keep my pregnancy viable, while doctors told me there was no way I’d have a “normal” child. Something was wrong. Yet again, if there was a God, He failed me.

Many months had passed, and our daughter was born. Despite every doctor telling me to prepare for the worst, she was healed, and I found myself thanking a God I didn’t know. It seemed the dark would win, but a faint light began to shimmer.

Three year later, however, darkness returned with vengeance and overtook my soul as I fell into an inescapable depression. Only darkness remained. But it was then––in the darkest of places––that I was able to see The Light for the first time. Light burns brighter in the darkness, and there He was––The Light of the World––bringing me out of the pit, redeeming my life.

The Illusion and The Truth

God tells His people, “I will not leave you or forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). Once you are God’s, you are His. He will not fail you, for it goes against God’s very nature to forsake you. God is loving. He is trustworthy. And He is faithful.

You can entrust yourself to Him and rest in His love for you.

Still, scripture tells us that we will experience trials in this life. Satan would like you to believe that your trials are evidence that God has failed you, but this is only an illusion. It’s a lie.

Trials have many causes. Some are caused by Satan, some are caused by the sin of others, and some are a result of our own sin or folly. But in all our trails, God is working. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

God does not intend us harm. He loves us. So the next time you’re tempted to call God’s heart for you into question remember:

God’s Word is true.

God knows you intimately.

God loves you fully.

God is for you, not against you.

God is faithful.

God will not leave you.

God will work all things for your good.

And He will NOT fail you.

Give yourself to Him. Completely. Fully.

Do you believe God has failed you? Share in the comments

  • Sarah Grant

    Great post girly! LOVE YOU!

  • Mark Allman

    Laurie,
    It was hard to read the things you have suffered through. I am glad you came through them to reside in the place you are now with Him.

    • Thanks, Mark. Of course I would have never chosen to go through what I have, but honestly, I am so thankful for each and every trial. God has used them to bring me to Himself and He has redeemed each one for both my good and the good of others. I am thankful!!

  • Mark Allman

    St. Augustine said “God loves each one of us as if there was only one of us to love”. In our weakness we let trials and tribulations call this into question. To abandon our fears and cling to the truth of the goodness of His love is hard at times but He is faithful. I think there will be some things we will never understand and I think that is ok. We don’t have to know everything to love and be loved. We have to not be blinded by what happens to us but we need to pursue God regardless for He is pursuing us.

    • I’m going to have to use that one! Love that quote!! Thanks for your insight, friend.

  • When I was struggling to find a job – a struggle which took years – I did a lot of fist-shaking at God. I thought He had led me down a dead-end street. In the end, it was amazing how things turned out so much better than I could have every planned. But in the midst of things, it can be really challenging to see how things will come together.

    • So true, Matt!

      I think once we’ve been through the ringer several times, we (hopefully) begin to see God’s hand throughout all our trials. Seeing His faithfulness and how He works all things for our good time and time again will hopefully grow our faith to the point that we can simply trust even when the storms rage.

      Thanks for sharing!