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"And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him." (Gen.22:2-3)
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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.


Dr. Varghese John, Trivandrum


                 We all love success. We celebrate it. We work hard to achieve it. We honour those who attain it. In all areas of life we want to be successful. The thirst for success is a God given passion in our hearts. There is nothing wrong in it. On the other hand we all condemn failure. We fear and hate failure. We often despise failure and look down on those who fail. Sometimes we even hate ourselves when we fail and think that our life is lost forever. But God looks at things in a different way. Almost all of those whom God has chosen and used in the past had a history of frequent failures. Most of “the heroes of faith” were men with “feet of clay.” However God used them amazingly by His grace and for His glory.


           Being human we all are prone to fall and fail. No one sails the ship of life through the ocean of this world with an unbroken string of successes. Sometimes our aim is off, our judgment is faulty and we may fall flat on our face. But falling doesn’t make us a failure. We are never a failure until we give up our attempt. Quite often our problem is not failure, but our attitude to failure. The beginning of a new year is the right time to correct our wrong attitude to failure and respond to failure in the right way.


Rewards of Failure

            Are failures in life altogether bad? Never. There are certain benefits and blessings hidden in each failure. Failure is an opportunity to start again. It is a challenge to excel in our efforts. It is a stepping-stone to greater accomplishments. God understands our situation when we fail. Instead of casting us aside as inferior and useless He forgives us, fills us with His Spirit and uses us for His glory. Let us consider briefly some of the rewards of failure:

·         Failure teaches us that our method of working was wrong: Thomas Edison said, “Don’t call it a failure. Call it an education!” We often say that experience is the best teacher. Failures in life also are part of the experiences of our life. Sometimes it takes some painful situations to make us change our ways.

·         Failure helps us to set our priorities right: Sometimes we may be very busy with the trivial things of life and may forget the things that are really important – the things we have to seek first and give top priority. But when we suffer some serious failures in life we will be forced to discover what is really important in God’s point of view.

·         Failure makes us humble and more dependent on God:  Success often leads to arrogance and excess self-confidence and that may lead to us to fall. Proverbs 16: 18 says “Pride goes before destruction. And a haughty spirit before a fall.” On the other hand a failure may make a person humble and enable him to seek God’s grace, which will help him in time of need.


Response to Failure

              Since failure is common to all of us, one of the most important skills we have to learn is responding to failure constructively. Successful people know how to turn their tragedies to triumphs. They always treat failure as a stepping stone to success. The right response is often the key to success. Whether we fail or succeed we should respond to it in the right way. Our response always determines the result. Well, how should we respond to setbacks in life? Three essential things are given below:

1.      Accept responsibility for failures: Usually people don’t accept the responsibility for their failures. They will try to put the blame either on others or on their circumstances. Right from the Garden of Eden we see this tendency. When questioned by God, Adam put the blame on Eve and Eve in turn passed the buck to the serpent. But the poor serpent had none to put the blame onto. Unless we accept responsibility we can never find the real reasons behind our failures. Moreover we won’t receive forgiveness from God. “Anyone who refuses to admit his mistake can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance” (Proverbs 28: 13 The Living Bible).


2.      Ask God for wisdom and grace: To discern the reasons for failure and to take precautions in future and go ahead we need divine wisdom and grace. James says “If you lack wisdom, ask God who gives generously to all…” (James 1: 5). There are many reasons behind our failures. The most important one is lack of planning. “When we fail to plan we are planning to fail.” Remember Noah had to start building the ark long before it stated raining. The Bible always expects man to plan and prepare in advance. That is why it has many warnings about future disaster. Another reason for failure may be the neglect of opportunities. We need to be alert to discover the opportunities that can be used for God’s glory. Opportunities may not wait for us. So we have to look for them, seize them and use them. Yet another reason for failure is our lack of perseverance. We quite often quit very soon the projects that we have started. It is rightly said, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.” The value of a postage stamp is found in its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. Everyone who wants to win must stick to the projects he has undertaken. Even if one falls and fails he has to get up and continue the journey. The Bible says, “A righteous man may fall seven times, and rises again.” (Proverbs 24: 16).


3.      Forget the past and focus on the future

Your past is something you cannot change. Therefore stop worrying about the past failures. Past is past and is gone forever. As Criswell has put it “You can’t go back and make a brand new start, but you can start today and make brand new ending.” Paul wrote about his spiritual race, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize…” (Phil. 3: 13, 14 TLB). Again the Bible says, “…let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor” (Hebrews 12: 1, 2). Our eyes should always be on Christ and the goals we have planned for His glory. Neither brood over the past failures nor cherish the past successes and waste time. Never be discouraged by the negative reactions of people around you. Also do not be carried away by the appreciation of others. Keep your eyes on the main objectives you have to achieve and run the race of faith with steadfastness.


The God of the Bible is one who never casts away the losers. He gives many chances to those who fall down because He knows our nature. It is said about our Lord “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench” (Matt. 12: 19). Therefore failure is not fatal with God. With Him we can get up and continue our walk whenever we fall in our pursuits. It is said about the good man “Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the LORD upholds him with His hand” (Ps. 37: 24).

Are you grieved over some failures in your lives? Are you disappointed to the point of giving up? Then come to the throne of grace with a contrite heart. God will forgive you. He will strengthen you. He will guide you to the finishing line. He is able to keep you from slipping and falling away and carry you through.


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