Fear of Failure

Are you afraid to move forward? What might happen if you do?

The Bible is filled with stories of people who did not take steps into God’s provision because they were afraid of what might happen to them.

When God told the armies of Israel to move into the good land that he promised to give them, the men were afraid. They knew that giants lived in the land, and they didn’t believe that they could defeat such enormous enemies. “We can’t take that land!” they cried out. “The men who live in that land are giants, and they will destroy us! We look like grasshoppers in comparison to them!” (Numbers 13).

In another place, Jesus tells a story about a rich entrepreneur who had 10 employees. He invested 100 days’ worth of wages into each of these employees so they could start businesses and make a profit. After some time had passed, the entrepreneur wanted to know how well the men had done with the money he had invested in them.

One employee said, “Good news, boss! Your investment has paid off ten times! We started with 100 days’ worth of money, and in a short time we’ve made enough money for 1,000 days!”

Another employee said, “Well, boss, we didn’t do quite that well, but we did make a little money. We have turned your investment into 500 days’ worth of income.”

Eventually, it came time for a fearful, timid, shy employee to step up and give a report of what he had done with the entrepreneur’s investment. “The good news, boss, is that we didn’t lose any of your money. We took your investment and put it in a safe place under the bed. But don’t worry. We still have every dime you invested, and we will be happy to give it back to you.”

Needless to say, the entrepreneur wasn’t impressed with the lazy, timid, fearful employee. Think about it: a big company like McDonald’s doesn’t want to hire employees who don’t help them earn any money! If you owned a business and hired an employee to run the store all day long, would you be impressed if you never made any money at all while that person was running your store? Of course not! If you hire someone to help you earn money, then you expect to see some kind of profit.

Almighty God is the creator of the universe. He is powerful, and it is in his very nature to prosper in every task he undertakes. If God is calling someone to do something big, he won’t let his servant fail.

God won’t send his army into battle unless the victory is certain.

God won’t send a person to start a business that is going to fail.

Paul puts it this way: “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” (Romans 8:31-32).

If you have given your life to Jesus, you have nothing to fear. If God is calling you into new territory in your life, don’t be afraid to take the next step. Yes, it can be scary to start a new job, enter a new relationship, buy a new home, or bring a new child into the world, but as long as you are faithful to trust in the Lord for his love, his care, and his provision, you have nothing to fear.

God cannot fail. This means that if God is calling you to do something for him, then you cannot fail. The Bible says, “Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you” (Psalm 37:5).

Remember, it is not by human might, not by human wisdom, and not by human power that anything is accomplished (Zecharaiah 4:6). All things that prosper are those things that are led by the Holy Spirit of God. As you learn to trust God more fully with every small detail of your life, you will begin to see that He is intimately involved in every detail of your life, the big things and the small things.

Today, if God is asking you to do something frightening, something that you don’t think you can do in your own strength and wisdom, then you are in a good position. You will have to rely upon the Lord to do something that you cannot possibly do yourself.

You may feel like a grasshopper compared to the size of the problem you are facing, but the God you serve is bigger than any giant you will ever face. As you face the next giant in your life who comes running after you with a sword, spear, and javelin, be strong and courageous, taking your stand in the Name of the Lord!

Jesus is his name. Yahweh is Salvation. Trust in Jesus, and commit your decisions to him.

Nothing can separate us from the kind, compassionate, bounteous, provisional, protecting, and patient love of God. When you walk in the power of the Spirit of God, no enemy can stand against you.

When you walk in the faith of God’s promises, you are destined for success.


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