You can’t please everybody all the time. And it’s a big mistake to try. Your constant need for approval can end up costing you God’s best. When you’re doing anything worthwhile, expect opposition from those who aren’t in on God’s plan for your life. That goes with the job. Notice, Jesus ‘made himself of no reputation’ (Philippians 2:7 KJV). He wasn’t always well thought of by others, in fact a lot of people hated him, but He knew He had God’s approval – and that’s what mattered to Him!
In Proverbs 21:1 Solomon says that just like changing the direction of a moving river, God can change hearts and give you favor with those who’d otherwise reject you. He also said, ‘When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.’ Does that mean you won’t come across opposition or people who disagree with you? No, but when you do, just concentrate on pleasing God and let Him deal with the fallout.
Remember, God takes up where you leave off. When you’ve done “all that you can do” He can step in and open doors with the right people at just the right time. The truth is, He can get you a better opportunity than you could get on your own, and give you blessings that, humanly speaking, you don’t deserve or qualify for. Just as the Holy Spirit enabled Jesus to fulfil His life’s mission (see Luke 4:18-19), God will call, equip and enable you to fulfil His plan for YOUR life. So stop trying so hard to make things happen on your terms, and begin praying for God’s favor!
‘When God approves of your life, even your enemies will end up shaking your hand.’ Proverbs 16:7 TM