No Mountain Too High
At the seven hundredeth unsuccessful experiment to develop the incandescent light, Thomas Edison encouraged his dejected assistants, "Don't call it a mistake, call it an education. Now we know seven hundred things not to do."
Mistakes. No one is immune, We all experience failures and disappointments. But to do nothing for fear of failing can be the greatest mistake of all.
For 28 years Abraham Lincoln experienced one failure after another. 1833: business failure. 1836: nervous breakdown. 1848: lost renomination to Congress. 1854: failed to be nominated for U.S. Vice President. 1858: again lost a Senate race.
Yet in 1860 Abraham Lincoln became the President of the United States of America. His persistence, despite years of failure and frustration, produced a president for his courage and compassion.
The Bible is filled with examples of how Yahweh turns failures - and even forgives sins - into triumphs. That's His business and He's good at it. Look at King David. He knew the heights of victory and the depths of failure. As a boy, he killed the giant Goliath and later, as king, defeated formidable enemies. But this same man failed to control his physical passions. His lust led to adultery and eventually the murder of the woman's husband.
David demonstrated a basic character flaw: not being willing to own up to sinful behaviour soon enough to avoid adding another sin as a cover-up. Despite his failures, David stands as one of history's truly great men of Elohim (God). In fact, he is called a man after Yahweh's own heart because he turned from his sin to humbly receive Yahweh's forgiveness.
David certainly understood what it means to be a failure. He realised that all of us sin and fall short of Elohim's (God's) glory (Romans 3:23). But he refused to be paralysed by his self pity. In confessing his sin, David told Yahweh, Cleanse me from my sin... Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:2,7).
Each of us wrestles with failures of some kind. Whatever our situation - the normal frustrations of life or the painful consequences of our actions - we all fail to meet Elohim's (God's) standards. But Yahweh knew all this. And He still loved us! In fact He loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), to die for us (John 3:16). On the Cross of Calvary Yah'shua (Jesus) took all our failure and sin upon Himself. He paid the penalty for our sin, completing the work of our salvation.
Through faith in Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), you no longer have to be paralysed with by yesterday's failures. Yahweh can set you free to face today's challenges in His strength. He can make your life all it should be - all it can be.
Today if you will admit to Yahweh that you have a spiritual need, He will hear your prayer. Tell Him that you are willing to turn from the sin that separates you from Him. Thank Him that he sent His Son to die for you and rise again to give you a fresh start in life.
"But as many as received Him (Yah'shua the Messiah/Jesus Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons of Elohim (God), even to them that believe on His Name" (John 1:12).
Reprinted with thanks from a pamphlet called "No Mountain Too High" (6G28) published by Good News Publishers, 9825 W. Roosevelt Road, Westchester, IL 60153, USA.