One of the things that keeps us from stepping forward into what God wants us to do is our fear of failure.
God has a plan for your life. All the fulfillment, satisfaction and joy you desire is waiting for you.
God has it ready. All you have to do is follow His will for your life and receive it.
What is holding you back? Fear. The fear of failure.
Fear Holds You Back from the Promised Land
In Numbers 13, we are told the story of how Moses sent twelve scouts or spies to explore the Promised Land that God had led them out of Egypt to claim.
Ten out of the twelve spies gave this report upon their return:
We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are. Numbers 13:27-28, 31 NIV
The Promised Land flowed with milk and honey! It was everything they dreamed of.
However, they were too scared to receive it. God had prepared it for them. He had it ready for their taking. All they had to do was trust Him and the Promised Land would be theirs.
Their fear of failure cost them the fulfilling and satisfying life God had planned for them.
Observations from My Own Life
This story resonates so strongly with me.
Looking back, I can see many times I let my fear of failure hold me back from receiving blessings God intended for me. I turned away because the obstacles looked too big. And they were. They were too big for me, but not for God. I’m sure he had everything lined up to fall into my hands, but I didn’t trust Him. So, I failed to step forward in faith.
Just like the Israelites, I only saw the potential opposition. Instead of keeping my eyes on God, I focused on the possible ways I could fail.
Remember the story of Peter walking on water?
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Matthew 14:28-30 NLT
As long as Peter was focused on Jesus and His abilities, he walked on water. He only began to sink when he fixated on the obstacles in his path.
Man, I can relate to this story. There’s been so many times that I’ve asked God to lead me into an adventure. I’ve asked Him to enlarge my life and He’s said, “Yes, come.” However, a little ways down the path, when the obstacles started looking big, I turned back.
I let my fear keep me from following God. It pains me even now to think about my lack of faith.
Only a Few Will Ever Get It
In the quest for the Promised Land, only two men, Joshua and Caleb believed that God would come through for them.
They tried to convince the others:
“The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” But the whole community began to talk about stoning Joshua and Caleb. Numbers 14:7-10 NLT
Those with faith enough to follow God are few.
He welcomes everyone. He has a plan for everyone’s life, but only a few will get it just like in the case of Joshua and Caleb.
Will You Choose God or Fear?
Which group will you be in?
Will you put ALL of your trust in God and let Him lead you into the Promised Land or will you turn back in fear?
Joyce Meyers says, “We need a backbone, not a wishbone.” You overcome your fear of failure by trusting God and pushing through the fear.
In a recent sermon titled, The Paradox of the Fear of Failure, Pastor Craig Groeschel said, “The path to your greatest potential is straight through your biggest fear.”
I challenge you to keep your eyes on God and to keep trucking right through your fear toward what He has in store for you.
God offers a lot of scripture that encourages us to trust Him and not be afraid. He knew this would be an issue for us and He’s graciously tried to warn us.
So, what will you do?
Leave a comment and let me know your struggles with fear and how you handle it.