I think we sometimes glorify failure too much, saying, “At least you’re doing something”, “Failure is an indication that you’re trying, ” etc. In as much as those statements may be true, sometimes failure is an indication that you’re not doing enough to prepare before you embark on something. Just trying isn’t the best way to determine whether something will succeed or not.
2 things we can do reduce the incidence of failure in our lives:
1. Learn from other people’s experiences: talk to people, read books, etc. Experience isn’t always the best teacher. We can also learn from other people’s experiences.
2. Involve God in the decision making process. A lot of what we do is ask God to backup the decisions we’ve ALREADY made, as opposed to finding out from Him whether we’re making the right decisions. That’s part of what relationship with God is about.
God desires to be involved in every area of our lives, & one of the ways in which we involve Him is by talking to Him about these areas. Prayer isn’t just about telling God stuff; it’s about waiting to hear from Him as well. Two of my favourite verses in the Bible are Proverbs 3:5-6, which say:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”
God desires to guide us in every area of our lives, however we need to seek His guidance. He won’t force it upon us. Once we’ve involved Him and have received direction from Him, we can step out confidently expecting success, knowing that if God is for us, no one, and nothing, can successfully prevail against us.