Get Out of the Danger Zone (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 214)
Proverbs 29:25 (NLT)
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
Fear and pride have the potential to control our lives and diminish our effectiveness in life. After believers, the enemy aims to decrease or eliminate our faith altogether by causing us to live in fear of failure. A large part of fearing failure is being concerned about what other people think. It is impossible to move forward into the direction God wants us to move into when we fear we will fail or that other people will not approve.
When attempting anything for God, failure is not an ends within itself, it is part of the journey. It is part of the trying, part of the struggle, part of the climb to get to where God wants you to go. Failure is not falling down. It is not stumbling, or being tempted, or feeling like giving up. Failure is not not reaching your goals. Failure in God’s eyes is not striving and aiming to obey God and follow his commandments.
You see, David was called by God to be king of Israel. However, before and during his reign, he made many mistakes and had many struggles. He was on the run from the current king Saul for many years. He could have given up then and told God that he was out. But he didn’t. When he became king, he had a man murdered in battle so he could have the man’s wife, committed adultery, and then lied about. All of this was very wrong in God’s eyes, but God knew that David had his heart in the right place and all along, he was at least striving to go in the direction God was leading.
Failure is not trying, not striving, and not aiming for what is good and right. And sometimes when we’re aiming to please people by comparing ourselves to someone else and comparing our abilities to someone else’s abilities, we create fear and develop pride. Someone is always going to be able to do something better than you and vice-versa. But that is not the point. God wants you to do what he has called you to do while everyone else does what he called them to do. When you’re moving in God’s direction for your life, you don’t have to fear failure or try to please people.
Get out of the danger zone of fear and pride. Stop comparing what you do to what someone else is doing. That is useless and unprofitable. Let go of your fear of failure. Ask God to take pride out of your life. Instead be thankful that God has given you strength and grace to attempt something great for His glory. Be appreciative for what He is doing in and through your life and trust him to take you places that you never thought you would go.
“Confidence and belief in God and yourself will bring many achievements in life that there be no opening for failure.”