God vs Gobbledygook.
I see a lot of people who think and say that life is just going to work out. That's not a guarantee. You can have a bad life, you can have a wasted life. You can fail at life.
Add some God talk to the mix, and people really think life is going to magically rain down golden unicorns carrying your blessings on their backs. See, we underestimate just how much power of choice God has given us on this earth.
First of all, if a person is not walking life with God, they will be empty and/or unstable in some way. If not financially, mentally or emotionally, or many other ways. Your purpose of being alive won't fully be realized. You might not even feel alive. Romans 10:9-11 will take care of the first step for you.
Proverbs 3:6 talks about involving God in your thought process and decision making so he can lead you to where you need to be. That's where a lot of us fall off. We want to do things our own way. God is not going to violate you by forcing you to do every single thing his way. That's not who he is.
The story of King Saul in 1 Samuel, especially chapters 15 and 16, is a sad one. Essentially, it says he was a failure at life, and God had to find someone else for the assignment. It talks about "if" King Saul had followed God's voice, he would have had so much more.
Judas walked with God himself and failed at life, eventually taking his own.
The Israelites wandered for 40 years and most of them did not see the promise. They died. It is possible to not see the promise. Read Joshua 5.
If you know a few scriptures, you might know that the apostle Paul talks a lot about not giving up, and getting the prize. Why do you think that is? Because he was seeing people who gave up and didn't get the prize. (1 Corinthians 13:7, 15:58, Galatians 6:9, etc.)
A person can give up and not know they have given up. Choosing immorality as a lifestyle is giving up. Staying in complacency and mediocrity is giving up. Refusing to grow in wisdom is giving up.
God is love, but God is also the Word (John 1:1, 1 John 4:8). There are spiritual laws he has put in place in this universe, that are spelled out in his Word, just like there are natural laws he put in place in this universe. If I violate a natural law, jump off of a building and kill myself, does that mean God does not love me? If I violate a spiritual law and reap what I have sown, does that mean God does not love me?
But we think everything is just going to fall into place.
"Just keep believing, your blessing is coming"
"It's all in God's plan"
"You have the victory"
"I am blessed and highly favored"
And all the other gobbledygook we say to comfort ourselves and others in delusion. We only speak partially when we say things like this. Which is why most people see partial fruit in their life, including the ones who say it. It's been 40 years and you're still not married, your marriage still isn't better, you still have no peace, you're still broke, you're still suicidal, you're still musty, you're still unhealthy, you're still depressed, you're still in bondage, you're still addicted, you're still still still...
Things just don't happen. We have to make them happen.
God gave us authority over the earth. He gave us dominion. He gave us free will.
We also focus too much on outward sins when it comes to living right. Sins of the heart, and the condition of our heart can hinder us from a lot in our life. Here are some things that hold people back, and their counterparts for victory:
Instead of complaining, give thanks. (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Get rid of bitterness, have a good attitude. (Hebrews 12:15)
Pride vs Humility (Proverbs 11:2)
Don't be lazy, be productive (Proverbs 10:4)
Unbelief vs Faith (Mark 9:24)
Negative vs Positive speaking (Proverbs 18:21)
Isolation vs Community (Proverbs 18:1, Hebrews 10:25)
These are spiritual principles. There are a lot more, that I will highlight another time. I just want us to get the concept.