"If At First You Dont Succeed...."

“When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy.” ~ Proverbs 13:12 (Good News Bible)

The Book of Proverbs is mostly written by King Solomon. Jesus claimed him to be the wisest of all men, apart from the Lord Jesus Himself who was God. (Matthew 12:42). God granted Solomon his prayer for wisdom and the ability to guide Gods chosen people and went on to say that He would give Solomon more wisdom than anyone on the face of the Earth from his time to this day. (1 Kings 3:10-13) The Book of Proverbs is filled with Biblical wisdom for practical life situations and circumstances. In essence, they can get you out of a “jam” and keep you from going into the place we so eagerly wish to avoid commonly known as “a rock between a hard place.”

In Proverbs 13:12 we see a comparison and I believe God has a specific purpose in this comparison based on the facts of life. Disappointments happen, often.  It’s interesting to note that God did not say (in the KJV version) “when the desire cometh” first, God started with when our hopes are crushed.  In other words, God knows the deep hurts of broken promises, failed dreams and opportunities that either weren’t grasped at the moment, in time or even the possibility of not having the opportunity. God’s Word has always been real, straight to the point with no sugar coating. God wants us to know about life and how to have our life with Him involved.

It’s interesting to know that many times in life before true success comes, which Solomon in the Good News Translation states “a wish” and in the King James Version it says “the desire” hope is often crushed, pushed to nothing and leaving us at the point of despair.  I’ve found in my life that failure is a foundation for success, but with failure comes hurt and with that hurt we begin to lose hope, not only in the dream, but in ourselves.  When we begin to get in the ungodly mindset that “we can’t” or “I can’t do it” or “it’s too late, I am too old” our hope has been crushed. Nevertheless, we can’t just stand around with a hopeless attitude because the Bible gives us the revived, faith anticipating hope that “the desire cometh” and surely it will if we would just believe again. Sometimes the hardest person to convince to fulfill your dream isn’t God, but you.

So many of us lack self confidence in a godly way, not a prideful and arrogant way, but a way that says “with Christ I can do all things” (Philippians 3:14). When we lose sight of the absolute fact that if God has given us a godly desire that is founded on the Word of God we can easily give up.  However, I suggest to you that it may be time to “try, try again.” Don’t give up on an aspiration that would bring glory to God. Make sure it doesn’t exalt your name, but His name and His Son Jesus Christ.  God has a plan and a purpose and though failure may have seemed to crush you, draining every part of you, your passion is zapped and your strength is gone, one thing to remember is “the desire cometh.” Yet when it comes how will “it” recognize you if you are still lacking your confidence in Gods ability through you to fulfill that very desire?  It’s time to get off the ground, dust yourself off, believe in you again and trust that God can turn the whole situation around and even use that broken moment you had to bring more glory to His name.

God is working in all things, arranging situations, circumstances, open doors, shut doors, hindered relationships, bad breaks, break-ups, make-ups, busted tires, bad news, ungodly falls, failures, spiritual and moral failures and numerous other things to make you a better Christian. God will use your hope that was crushed to bring someone else to Christ. God will use what you see as a failure as a foundation for your dreams, hopes and aspirations as long as they bring glory to His name. 

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” It’s time to try again. Believe in Jesus while praying and believing that He has given you the gifts, resources, people and talents and surely “the desire cometh.” God Bless you.

Father, I give You praise for my failures, because I know they are foundations for Your purpose in my life. Father, revive my hope and belief that I can do “this” with Your help. Lord, give me a vision. Lord, give me a goal and Lord give me the passion to go after it with all my heart as You make me like Your son and when the desire cometh, let me remain humble, helping others see that if God did it for me, He can do it for them. Let the desire magnify You and not me. Lord, I thank You for the set-backs that are divine set-ups, putting things in proper placement so as I grab ahold of hope again I can see what You prepared for me long before I even failed. Thank You and I ask this in Jesus Name! AMEN!

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C. S. Lewis