Posted by: peebles | May 7, 2014

Genesis 26:22 (NIV) ~ He moved on from there and dug another well.

Three times in the space of four verses of Scripture Isaac’s servants dug three wells. Here is the story, Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there, but the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

Isaac never stopped, nor did he give up, but he kept going until he was successful in his mission. Not once did he let the enemy stop him in his pursuit to gain his goal. He never let the fear of failure ever cross his mind. Isaac kept going.

Over my many years as a Christian, I have seen many people gripped by the fear of failure, paralyzed by disappointment and shadowed by feelings of inadequacy. Is the church conditioned to accept failure and excuse it for the will of God? Isaac kept going; he never let disappointment stop him from achieving his goal, even though he came up against a string opposition and criticism.

Where would you have stopped, after the first encounter or perhaps the second? Would the stinging words of opposition have stopped you in your tracks? Or would you have kept going one more time? The Bible says this in 1 Kings 18:43 (KJV), “…and said to his servant, ‘Go up now, look toward the sea.’ And he went up, and looked, and said, ‘There is nothing.’” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. Not twice, not even three times, but seven times Elijah said, “Go again.”

May be you have tarried all night like the fishermen in Luke 5:5 (NIV), “Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.’” You feel tried and want to just go home, but then, in steps Jesus with a little word of encouragement and your reply is the same as the fishermen, “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

One time or another everyone has faced failure at something, but this is not the time to stop digging, it is the time to strengthen your resolve and go again. Keep praying for the rain, go again and cast your nets out for a catch.

My friend, go again! Never let anything stand in the way of your goal. If you want to avoid criticism, then say nothing and do nothing. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount to a high wire. Maybe you have attempted to do something in the past and it has not gone your way and you’re frightened to try again. Maybe you once stepped out in faith and it just did not happen for you. Or, someone else came and took credit for your hard work and you have felt disappointed by the string personal betrayal. Or, you have felt disappointment at failure at something you tried to do. Now is not the time to sit about with your head down, but it is time to grab that shovel of faith by the handle and dig again. Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying. Keep going on for God, keep praying, keep sowing the seed of God’s word, keep aiming for your goal, keep believing in your dream and it will happen.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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