Originally posted November 2, 2015
Joshua 1:9 … Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Failure is not easy to deal with, regardless of who you are. We see other people succeeding in careers, sports and in their walk with God (at least what we see on the surface) and are discouraged because we do not experience similar success.
Failure, however, happens to everyone.
Steven Spielberg is one of, if not the most successful filmmakers in history. His films have earned more than 4 Billion dollars. That’s BILLION, with a “B”. What most people don’t know is that Spielberg was denied entrance into USC’s prestigious film school, … not once … not twice … but three times. For those who are fans of such classics as “Jaws”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, the Indiana Jones films, ”E.T” and “Jurassic Park” to name but a few, he thankfully did not give up.
Michael Jordan, is considered by many, to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He must have been the best player on his teams since he was a little boy. Not hardly, Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team in his sophomore year. Two years later, as a senior, Jordan was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team after averaging 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists per game.
These two success stories are people of obvious skill and talent, but also people of determination.
The Lord, likewise wants His children to be determined and to put forth great effort. But even more important, He wants us to trust Him and lean on Him.
2 Timothy 1:7 … For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Psalm 34:4 … I sought the Lord, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 55:22 … Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
The Bible is filled with stories about the Lord using those who are not necessarily the most gifted. Noah was a drunk, Abraham was an old man, Jacob was a schemer and a liar, Moses stuttered, Gideon was scared,
Rahab was a prostitute, David was the smallest of his brothers, Elijah contemplated suicide and there were many other examples.
The bottom line is, the Lord wants to use us to do His will. Sharing the Gospel, helping the needy, comforting the hurt ….. We must, however, be available for Him and trust that He will be with us. We may not necessarily see successful results all the time, but that cannot deter us from serving God. Service to the Lord should be every Christian’s desire, if for no other reason than out of gratitude to Jesus sacrifice.
Joshua 24:15 … choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
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