If there is anything people avoid most it is being a failure.
People will do anything to achieve success in business rather than go broke and retain the label of failure. People usually hate failure in school or work and don’t want it discovered.
But, do we ever think of failing God? Are we ever concerned about what how we may fail him in his eyes? What are the ways in which we may fail God?
Forsaking God is one way we fail in God’s eyes. Wouldn’t we think God a failure in our lives if he forsook us? But, scripture says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me,” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Forsaking God results in spiritual death, and in God’s eyes, it is an act of failure.
Stubbornness is another failure in God’s sight. In the Bible, stubbornness and rebellion go hand-in-hand. Part of rebellion is a stubborn mind that will not consider another’s point-of-view. When we are stubborn against God, we refuse to accept his word and way so rebellion and violation of his will are the manifestations of our stubborn resistance.
Worldliness is another way we fail God. The Lord expects us to focus on his will and focus on his goals for our lives instead of preoccupying our minds with the world. The apostle John wrote, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him,” (John 2:15). God sees our infatuation with the world as our failure to love him as we should (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Disobedience is the ultimate sign of failure in our lives before God. When Israel failed in the wilderness, the adult population was not permitted to enter the land promised by God because of disobedience. The writer of Hebrews is specific about our failure in life as a failure of obedience. He wrote, “And with whom was he displeased forty years? Was it not with them that sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but them that were disobedient? And we see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief,” (Hebrews 3:16-19 ASV). God saw the failure in his people as disobedience.
We should be more concerned that God not see us a failure than anything else in this life. If one fails in business, start another business. If one fails as a husband, wife, father or mother, there is always a chance to do better. But, if one fails God, it may mean spiritual and eternal death.
While we live, God give us a chance to do better. Let us not fail him.