I'm So Afraid of Failing!
By Jill Bricoe
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” ~ Psalm 1:1-3
All things being equal, the godly shall succeed. Perhaps you reply: “But I'm so afraid of failing – failing to avert a row between my children, failing to show my husband how much I love him, failing to do for God the things He wants done.” The promise from our unfailing God, however, is that our efforts will prosper.
God assures us that we can be like a tree standing by a riverbank bearing luscious fruit. Even in our deepest despondency His Word restores us to green springy vegetation, offering shade to those we shelter, joy to those who watch us flower! All we do can be “green” with verdant visibility; we can have a fresh face, a happy heart, a willing will. We can even know that our actions will evoke divine delight as He sees us in a prayerful posture!
The secret lies in meditating on His law – the word meditate means to chew things over! His nourishing Scriptures are ours for the digesting, and will prosper our days.
Our dear Lord, our Friend, who day and night provides the river to refresh our failing moments, will water us always – and without fail, if we fulfill the conditions. And what are they? To keep the right company, to ask the right questions of the right people, and to avoid becoming as cynical as the world around us!