WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS 8-7-17
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Fail——(1) to fall short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired, or approved(2) to be or become deficient or lacking; be insufficient or absent; fall short (3) to lose strength or vigor; become weak (4) (of a building member, structure, machine part, etc…) to break, bend, crush, or to otherwise be destroyed or made useless because of an excessive load.
As you read the definition for the word “fail”, you may be asking yourself, “Why include number 4 about buildings?” I included number 4 for the etc… part. We as christians often fall into that category. regrettably we have all probably seen or known someone who has become broken, damaged and bent or mangled, had their spirit crushed, or otherwise been destroyed or made useless by an excessive load. God isn’t the one that puts that excessive load on us. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. If you are struggling under that excessive kind of load; you can rest assured that God didn’t put it on you. He does not do anything that causes us harm when we are seeking to please him. I know there are trials that we must face that he allows to come upon us from time to time, but never enough to crush and destroy us as long as we are dependent upon him and his mercy and grace. Actually quite the contrary. In Isaiah 46:4 speaking about the house of Jacob and how he has borne them from the womb he said, “And to your old age I am he; and even to the hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” That doesn’t sound like a God that is intent on destroying us but rather one that we can rely on even when we are old and gray.
A lot of times the wounds and scars we get are self-inflicted. We sometimes get them by putting too much pressure on ourselves with the best intentions of walking pleasing to the Lord. It is better in probably all aspects of life, to do a little and do it well than to do a lot and do a halfway job of all of it. In Matthew 14, the story of the five loaves and two fishes feeding thousands is enough evidence to prove that little is much when God is in it. I Corinthians 10:13 says “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God who is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” The word “suffer” means to allow or permit. God is not going to “allow or permit” us to be tempted above what we are able. If that is the case, then he certainly isn’t going to put something on us that will crush and destroy us as christians.
With all of that said, I would like to put a question to you that we should all be asking ourselves: Why do we wait until all else fails before we turn to God for what we need? I know we have all heard the saying, “when all else fails, pray.” That’s getting things a little backwards. If we would learn to pray to start with, all else wouldn’t have a chance to fail. We wouldn’t have to try “all else.” God is still all-knowing and all-powerful and able to do whatever pleases him. God told the Israelites in Exodus 19:4 “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” In 2 Corinthians 12:9 when Paul began to ask God to remove his “thorn in the flesh” because he couldn’t bare it anymore; God told him “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness….”
Jesus said in John 14:14 “If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” A lot of times, folks set themselves up for disappointment because they ask for what they want instead of what God wants for them. Then, when they don’t get what they prayed for they become discouraged. The key thing to remember is the part Jesus said “in my name.” Jesus was all about doing the will of the Father. Therefore, if you ask anything in his name, you will have to ask for the Fathers’ will. James said in chapter 4 verse 3; “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your own lusts.” With that kind of guarantee that all we have to do is ask the Father’s will and it will be done, I ask again; Why do we wait until all else fails?
To give an example that kind of spells it out plain; If you found a product that cured baldness for example, would you still go about trying other products that claimed to do the same thing if you already had found one that will work? The answer is probably “No; why would we?” That is exactly the point I am trying to make. We already have something that works in all cases all the time and never fails. The grace, strength, and provision of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why would we even look for anything else?
The word “fail” is used 64 times in the bible. Some of the most encouraging scripture in the bible uses the word “fail.” I mentioned Deuteronomy 31:6 but there is also 31:8 that says the same thing but goes on to say “fear not, neither be dismayed.” In 1 Samuel 17:32, David told Saul speaking of Goliath, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him….” In 1 Samuel 30:8 God told David when he enquired of the Lord, thou shalt “without fail recover all.” In 1 Kings 17:16 speaking of the widow’s meal barrel and cruse of oil, “neither did the cruse of oil fail…” Lamentations 3:22 says “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” In Luke 22, Jesus prayed that Peter’s “faith fail not.” And the last one, Hebrews 12:15, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.” Why let bitterness and disappointment rule your life when you have a God ready and willing to “…supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus? Why wait until when all else fails to put your trust in him. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!