Begin Again...And Again
“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress.”
Henry Ford stated: “Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” How would God's people apply the words “more intelligently” to the situation? What should they do in order to “begin again”, to overcome the failure? How do you become a problem solver?
First of all, do not beat-up on yourself because you may have experienced failure. It has been said that seeing a stunning rainbow is simply seeing a rainstorm through raindrops. Sadly, failures and troubles are a part of life, and everyone experiences them in some kind or another.
In the book, “My Utmost For His Highest”, the author Oswald Chambers stated: “When looking back on the lives of men and women of God the tendency is to say...What wonderfully astute wisdom they had! How perfectly they understood all God wanted!” Many people automatically wonder why they cannot retain the same godly wisdom as those people did. So how did they achieve His wisdom? You may ask, how do I obtain godly understanding and knowledge in order to overcome this failure and “begin again”?
To “begin again”, first, and foremost, go to God's Word. The Bible says in the Book of James (1:5), that when God's people lack wisdom, they should ask God for it. God is the starting point for you to “become a problem solver”.
Cry out to God for vision and comprehension. Knowledge and understanding (wisdom) is a gift from God. Place your full effort to tuning your “ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding” (Proverbs 2:2). Ask Him to show you why the failure happened, how can it be corrected, and make it an occasion for your spiritual growth. Believe that God is working through this particular failure. When you are graced with Godly wisdom it means that you will experience down-to-earth discernment.
Chambers went on to say: “The astute mind behind is the Mind of God, not human wisdom at all. We give credit to human wisdom when we should give credit to the Divine guidance of God...”. There is no one better to lead you to the right answers than God. Charles Stanley stated “Wisdom saves us from many difficulties in this life”.
When a person rushes to solve a failure, that is when the most mistakes may be made. W. D. Longstaff stated: “Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul...Each thought and each motive beneath His control...”. Use good judgment by seeking God's wisdom. Then you will be provided, by God, with the ability to view the failure “more intelligently” from His perspective, and you will be equipped to “begin again”.
Lord God, thank You for generously providing to us Your wisdom to intelligently begin again. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington