Why Does God Allow Christians to Fail? — Denise Weimer
Today I’m happy to welcome author Denise Weimer as she talks about failure and trusting in God’s perfect plan.
Failure. Not something any of us want to contemplate. When we put our trust in God, we want to believe our endeavors will be blessed. Nothing is more embarrassing—or more heart-breaking—than when our carefully-laid plans fall apart … be it in a career, finances, or a relationship. Doubly so if our face-plant is public!
In my newly released novel, The Witness Tree, John Kliest feels called to leave behind his prestigious position as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina, and share his faith with the Cherokees. Problem is, if he wants to travel to the Springplace mission in the Cherokee Nation, the church elders require him to take a wife!
Clarissa Vogler’s talent as a linguist and teacher might make her perfect for the job—except she’s much more interested in pursuing her art in Philadelphia with John’s younger brother, Daniel. Now, John has to not only convince Clarissa that marriage to him offers the better life, he has to keep her safe from a multitude of unexpected dangers. When one thing after another goes wrong, John begins to question whether he heard from God at all.
Disappointment and failure can hit us hardest when we’re trying to do God’s work. Some friends of mine once felt sure God called them to overseas mission work. After going through the long preparation process, they were told at the last minute that they wouldn’t be getting on the plane. The mission board members felt their stage of life—with children still at home—wasn’t ideal.
Why might God let His children experience failure? Well, apart from obvious reasons like us not putting in adequate preparation or effort, or misunderstanding God’s direction, here are a few I can think of.
• The plan was right, but the timing wasn’t.
• The plan was right, but the people weren’t.
• Someone other than God was getting the glory.
• What began as a good plan was subverted by the enemy.
• God wants to use the failure to build character, wisdom, or reliance on Him.
What else comes to mind? Share below, and find out how things turn out for John and Clarissa in The Witness Tree (https://www.amazon.com/Witness-Tree-gain-break-heart/dp/1645260623/).
Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She is a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction, imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her contemporary romance, Fall Flip, is also releasing this month with Candlelight Romance. A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here: