Our last post we talked about being watchful for what we wish for, for what we wish for may not always be in line with His good purpose for us. My next question, “How should we treat the unfulfilled wishes?” When should we call it quits and say to ourselves that it is God’s purpose for us to try something else?
The answer is not always so clear, isn’t it? If you have tried so hard but still failed to pass the bar exam, should you then decide that it is God’s will that you should pursue another profession? Or should you keep trying? It is not always clear the decision we have made is swayed by God’s calling or our own calling. We can only pray hard to God for guidance–perhaps God has other plan for us, or perhaps God wants us to continue the same pursuit until we attain our life goal.
An unfulfilled wish or unexpected occurrence is often viewed in a negative light; however, we could turn it into an opportunity for reevaluating our options. It may prompt us to consider a new option in life or take a new path we would not otherwise have taken. Life is full of adventures. Have you ever experienced the joy of taking a detour or trying out a new route and delightfully surprising yourself with what you have found?
Our life story is strung together by the choices we have made in life. One way to avoid making bad choices is by praying to God to help us make good choices in life, especially when we are at a crossroads and are unclear about which path to take. I made bad choices in life when I deliberately defied or ignored his teaching; bad choices may bring about bad consequences in life. Psalm 1: 2-3 says, blessed is the one whose “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”
If we take to heart His teachings and follow His way, we will be well nurtured by this living water, producing good fruits. He will guide us every step we take in life towards the right direction and provide what we need along the way.
Jesus said, “Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Our external circumstances may change from time to time, but God provides those who believe in Him a steady source of living water “welling up to eternal life.”
If we drink the water he gives us, we will never thirst again. What could be a better promise than an “eternal life,” which surpasses all the temporal pursuits we have in life?
We will learn the following verse, John 4: 14, in both English and Chinese in our next post.
John 4: 14 喝主的水永远不渴
New International Version (NIV)
14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (Audio reading of this passage in English)
Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Simplified) (CUVMPS)
14 人若喝我所赐的水，就永远不渴。我所赐的水要在他里头成为泉源，直涌到永生。” Audio reading of this passage in Chinese)
Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Traditional) (CUVMPT)
Chinese Contemporary Bible (CCB)
Gospel Music: You are my Hiding Place (in English)
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