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by  Pastor Lyle Aadahl

            A few weeks ago, I was with a group of people in the prairies of western South Dakota to vacation and hunt some pesky rodents for the ranchers. Included on this trip was a first-time, 9-year-old hunter who had heard of this activity for several years. Needless to say, he was excited to be there.
 

Giving him the first opportunity to shoot, he succeeded in getting two of the critters at 200 yards with his first two shots. However, further attempts included a growing number of misses, and at that point small (but normal) failures became huge disappointments for him.  Emotions then took hold, regardless of the encouragement of others. Things later improved after time and prayer were applied to his wounds.
 

Isn't it amazing how (for young and older alike) some "heart-desire" can so easily become a "heart-break" when minor failures spoil our inflated expectation of success. Failures are common to everyone about one thing or another, and the hurt only intensifies if we consider the matter more serious than it really is. However, as much as we dislike and avoid
them, normal failures have a positive side to them, as well.

 

We all need to recognize that there are lessons which could be learned few other ways than through situations which we consider to be "failures". The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11 that through the deprivations in ministry he learned to be content with whatever situation he ended up in. I Peter 1:6-7 explains "testing" (usually not a pleasant
experience) is good to show us the strengths and weakness of our faith. Psalm 23 reveals that walking “through the valley of the shadow of death" need not be a fearful thing when we learn to acknowledge God's presence in that dark hour. The Psalmist in Psalm 119:71 even declares it was "good to be afflicted" because the struggles of life make us more receptive to learning the Word of God. After going through many difficult times in His ministry, Jesus invited people to come to Him for "rest" (in our own trouble and failure) with His instructions to "learn from Me" about meekness and humility.

 

We all fail personally, spiritually, emotionally and in a host of other ways, as well. None the less, we hear our kind and loving Father remind us where the help and hope are found in those comforting words of Malachi 4:2: "But to you who fear My name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings" and those of Deuteronomy 33:26-27:
26  “There is none like God, O Jeshurun,  who rides through the heavens to your help, and  through the skies in his majesty. 27  The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."
Let us not lose sight of the best place to go when pained by failures, great and small alike.

         

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