He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake—PSALM 23:3.
I’ve never heard of anyone deliberately deciding to fail. People often tell me about their struggles, but no one has ever said, “Today I’m going to fail.” We all do fail, but I’ve never met anyone who did it intentionally.
The same is true of spiritual failure. It happens to all of us, but where does it begin? For Abraham, it began with a famine of the Word of God and of prayer.
Abraham made a seemingly small, innocent, and practical decision when, according to Genesis 12:10, “There was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while.” There was no prayer, no word from God telling him to go. Totally on his own, Abraham took the first step into drastic failure that would ultimately cause enormous suffering in the lives of others.
What obvious decisions have you made without asking the Lord for guidance? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Avoid failure. Trust and follow Him.
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