How God Deals With Failure

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How God Deals With Failure


Exodus 3:10, So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. Moses career collapsed when he was 40.  By the time he reached 80, he was herding sheep in the wilderness area in North Africa.  Nothing to look forward to.  Just rocks, sand, a little water here and there - desolation.  Moses had made an attempt at helping God's people.  He failed and had to flee for his life.



This world is full of people who have been beaten down.  They don't believe anyone cares about them anymore.  They feel useless.  They have been told by teachers of humanism that they are animals and they believe it.  Somewhere along the line there has been a deep wound - a betrayal, the loss of position, the work of a lifetime destroyed in a moment, ant its been too much to handle.  But God hadn't given up on Moses and neither has he given up on you.


The Failure to Fear:

You've failed many times, although you may not remember.  You fell down the first time you tried to walk.  You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn't you?  Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?  Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.  R. H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.  English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.  Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times but he also hit 714 home runs.  Don't worry about failure.  Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try!


Amazing but True:

Lowell of Harvard University was speaking many years to a gathering on Columbus Day.  He said that there were three profound things about Christopher Columbus' discovery of America: First, when he left Spain he didn't know where he was going.  Second, when he arrived in the new world, he didn't know where he was.  Third, when he returned to Ferdinand in his court, he didn't know where he had been.  Later wags have also added, "And he did it all on borrowed money!" (Adapted from Creative Sermon Resources, Volume VII, Summer, 1986, page 302).


God's Way:

"When God wants an important thing done in this world, or a wrong righted, He goes about it in a very singular way.  He does not release His thunderbolts or stir up His earthquake.  He simply has a tiny, helpless baby born, perhaps in an obscure home, perhaps of a very humble mother.  Then He puts the idea or purpose into the mother's heart, she puts it into the baby's mind and then - God waits."  (From Edward T. Sullivan, Christian Communications Laboratory)