Every analyst hopes to have a linear equation or regression for accurate prediction and forecasting. But in reality, there are always outliers, trends or seasonality, and even data shifts.
The same way we expect life to be a straight line, but life has a lot of bends, seasonality, and outliers in the middle. We want life to be a straight line but when it doesn’t come out like that, we get frustrated. Whereas, we experience peace when we live our life as an unfolding story.
Life is like driving with navigation system (GPS) where you put destination address in when you make a wrong turn, it routes you to the right path, though it may take you longer to reach your destination it will still get you there. God is the best navigation system for our lives, he has the final destination in mind for us, irrespective of how we screw up, like GPS, he recalculated our journey and keep putting us on the right track. The destination may be delayed as a result of those mistakes, but destiny can’t be denied.
All the men God called and used did not have a complete picture of what lies ahead but took each daily step as an unfolding story.
For example, David was anointed to be King of Israel while Saul was still a king, for God said I have selected one of his sons (David) to be my new king (1Sam16:1), after the anointing service, he went back to the field where he was looking after the sheep, but his story didn’t end there. Sometimes later, he fought with Goliath and beheaded him, yet no crown was given but he was lifted from shepherd boy to a captain and palace musician. Saul became jealous of him and wanted to even kill him, then the anointed king David was demoted from Lt General to a vagabond, his wife was taken away from him and given to someone else, yet his story didn’t end there.
He managed to have a band of unscrupulous men who at a point wanted to stone him to death, he was very discouraged but managed to get encouragement in the Lord, yet his story didn’t end there. Later, Saul and Jonathan (his best friend) were killed, that supposed to be an automatic enthronement, but it didn’t happen that so fast and easy. After his kingdom has been established, he committed adultery with Bathsheba and staged the strategy that killed her husband, what a terrible act! Yet his story didn’t end there. One of his sons (Ammon) raped his stepsister (Tamar) and the sister sibling (Absalom) killed his brother. What a painful scenario! His son Absalom with the help of David’s best counselor slept with all David’s concubines while all the cities were watching. The pain of that could have killed him, yet his story didn’t end there. At a point, he was moved to take Israel census, the act that displeased God and caused a plague to kill thousands of Israelites, yet his story didn’t end there. He desired to build a temple for God, but God declined because of blood he has shed, yet his story still didn’t end there.
When he was old, he instructed his son, Solomon, to make sure that he tactically avenged all his enemies he could not do by himself.
Yet despite all these, at the end of David’s life these 3 things are said about him, he was found by God, he fulfilled everything God wants him to do and was Jesus' great grandfather. Act 13:22-36. Does God judge the way humans judge? No! in fact, his judgment is accurate and perfect.
So, it doesn’t matter what other people, or your failure said about you, what matters is what God says, it doesn’t matter what worst sin you have committed said about you, what matters is what God said about you.
As a way of reminder, these are thing God says about you, You are my beloved, in whom I am well pleased, and nothing can separate you from the love of God, it doesn’t mean He is no longer loves you if you have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry or destitute or in danger or threatened with death. Despite all these things, overwhelming victory is yours through Christ, who loved you. Be convinced, no matter the situation you are going through, that nothing can ever separate you from God’s love (Rom8:35-38). Surely there is an end, but your expectation (the righteous in Christ) shall not be cut off. Prov23:18.
The way to live in this life is by trust in God, who has promised that he never will leave you nor forsake you (Heb13:5). Isa43:2 NLT also says When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.