'...you will lift up your face without shame...' Job 11:15
Many of the world's most successful people were at one time considered to be failures.
A banker in Iowa laughed and told Alexander Graham Bell to remove that 'toy' from his office. The toy he referred to was the telephone. Talk about missing an investment opportunity!
A movie producer once scrawled 'reject' on the screenplay of Gone with the Wind.
In 1906, the man who was Henry Ford's greatest investor asked that his stock be sold because he didn't believe the company would go anywhere.
Imagine living with that memory!
Mr Roebuck sold his part of the Sears and Roebuck Company for $25,000 because he said it would 'never fly' But it did, and in its heyday it was selling $4,000 worth of goods every second.
You have everything every winner in history had - plus God. The God of the Red Sea, the lion's den and the walls of Jericho is your God!
So get your eyes out of the rear-view mirror and start looking ahead. Celebrate the fact that you survived.
The devil may have tried to destroy you, but the good news is that he failed.
In spite of all you've been through you're a walking, talking, living, breathing miracle of God's grace. He must have kept you around for a reason, so find out what it is and pour your life into it.
You say, 'I've got more troubles than Job.'
Maybe, but Job trusted God and came out on top!
His book reads, 'If you devote your heart to [God]...you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear.'