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Failure. It’s what we dread. It’s what we are afraid of. No one wants to work extremely hard at something to have it fail. This fear of failure is what we allow to hold us back from big successes. With every big win, there were also big losses. We celebrate everyone’s big wins. We love victorious stories. We all want the pain free path of minimal resistance.
The truth is, it is the trial that makes us strong. It is the failure that teaches us the most. True success is found when we fail, and get back up and try again. Some would say your insane. Well if you repeat exactly what you did without learning anything or changing your strategy or approach than you are insane. You need to learn from it, find the gift of it, rejoice in it and press on.
Last week I was very discouraged over something. I mentioned 5 Ways to Fight Discouragement in my most recent post. I will elaborate more in depth what I was so discouraged from in a few weeks. For now, just know that it was something that hurt a lot. I was speaking to my small group last Friday and discussing my anger, disappointment, and frustration with the situation. I felt totally alone and magnified the problem. I had big faith that things would happen a certain way and they didn’t. It turns out that almost everyone in my small group had some major difficulty and disappointment themselves. I wasn’t the only one who felt that God had failed them.
One thing a member of my small group told me was to have faith in God anyway. Am I only going to have faith when I am expecting big things? When those things that I am expecting don’t happen- will I still trust and have faith? Will I obey the scripture and even REJOICE?
Then, my sister encouraged me with a scripture, Habakuk 3:17-19:
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength!
He makes me as surefooted as a deer,[a]
able to tread upon the heights
That was God’s way of speaking to me. He used two different people to get the same message to me. Will I rejoice and give thanks even when things are desperate and bleak? In all honesty, I chose to harden at first. I was so angry for a few days. Then I decided that it was too much energy to be angry and bitter.
I know I can’t do things on my own and in my own strength. I’ve tried that, and did not have a joyful or fulfilling life. So I chose to put my trust and faith in God once again. I had to pray for help to do this as well because I had a lot of hurt and anger going on still. I wasn’t even going to attempt to work this out on my own. I have experienced the power of God’s strength and grace and it’s when I get out of the way.
My encouragement to those that feel frustrated, angry, and heartbroken over a failure is to call out to God in your pain. Be real. Tell Him you are angry. Read the Psalms- King David called out to God in heartache many times.
It’s interesting to note that David was anointed as King and THEN lived in exile and ran for his life. 20 years later David became King over Isreal. 20 years after God called him.
I sure hope that I don’t have to wait that long. If I do, will I rejoice in God anyways? Will I have faith in His plan for me? Will you? What would you do?