Failure doesn’t mean defeat

[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]

Over ten years ago I heard a sermon by my friend Brad Shoemaker. It was about David and Goliath.

Most of us remember the highlights of the story. Like Goliath mocking the Israelites. Like young David rising to the challenge. Like Goliath’s fall.

But Brad pointed out a frequently forgotten detail. We find it just before the battle in 1 Samuel 17:40 (NLT): David “picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.”

Why five stones? If David was so sure of himself, if he was so confident in God’s victory, why didn’t he take one stone for his sling instead of five?

I think David took five stones because even though he was confident God would help him win the battle, he knew it might take him more than one try.

Quite often in life, victory doesn’t come fast or easy. Sometimes it seems you take two steps forward just to stumble back three. So whatever you’re dealing with…

Never. Give. Up.

Getting knocked down a few times doesn’t mean you’ve been defeated. Everyone gets knocked down. But it’s the warriors who get back up. It’s the warriors who re-load. It’s the warriors who don’t care about the dirt on their face because they can smell the approach of victory.

Friends, I’m not sure what you’re dealing with in your life right now. But you’re probably dealing with something. Whatever it is, remember that warriors never give up.

Failure doesn’t mean defeat. Failure means you re-load for the glory of God.

By Matthew Ruttan


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