“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:26
Have you ever been too afraid to try something? It is normal to be afraid to break out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t feel very good outside of that zone of control you have. When you break out of that sphere of comfort, it can feel like jumping into a cold lake. At first, it is uncomfortable, however, after a few minutes of swimming around in that cold water, your body adjusts to the temperature. Trying new things can be just like that.
Teddy Roosevelt said once during the speech, “Man In The Arena”:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Brother Branham was a man who was thrown into a cold lake at different times throughout his life. The Lord allowed situations to come up where it felt very uncomfortable. The important thing is that he kept on going and he kept on fighting. He stayed in the arena. The Lord was with him, even when Brother Branham himself didn’t feel like it.
Maybe you feel like a failure sometimes. Perhaps you have failed. It's okay. The important thing isn’t that you failed, it’s that you tried. Sometimes you just have to get back up and try again.
Though your flesh and your heart fail, the Lord is your portion and He is your strength. Keep trying.
60-0911M – “As I Was With Moses, So I Will Be With Thee”
But we find here that, God, in spite of all the failure that Moses had done, He still had His hand on him. And He called him to go, do His service, called him to his commission. And what a consolation that must have been to Joshua, when he heard God say, "As I was with Moses, so will I be with you." Although, if I'm trying, and I fail, God won't leave me. I never have much confidence in anybody that's too afraid to do anything. I would rather be found a failure than too lazy to try.
Brother Stephen Coffey is an associate minister from Hickory Bible Tabernacle. In addition to mission work and ministry the Lord gave him a strong burden to encourage and help the Bride in their daily walks with the Lord. He established Our Daily Strength, a daily devotional for Message Believers. To learn more, visit ourdailystrength.com.