In today’s devotional I learn that when I mess up God doesn’t give up on me and allows me to keep on trying.
Bible Study Verses
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand. (NIV)
On my first Javelina hunt several years ago, I found a herd of pigs and got off a shot but missed. I had failed to make the kill.
That could have been the end of my hunting that day but I kept on trying. We stayed in the field until I got another chance (notice here that I said “we”, I never go alone on a hunt, I always know the Lord is by my side. The Lord holds my hand on every hunt, his foots steps are my foot steps. I always acknowledge his wonder and beauty of the outdoors.
I knew that the miss wasn’t failure, just a regular hunter, I had to keep trying in order to be successful.
King David in the Old Testament is one of my favorite Bible characters. Why? Because I see myself in him. David was a man after God’s own heart, but he failed, he sinned.
I try but I make mistakes. I fail. I sin. But, just like David, God takes me by the hand and keeps my feet on firm ground.
The other reassuring thing about David is that, even after his failures, after he had sinned, God still used David mightily for His purposes. God even promised David that the coming Messiah, Jesus, would be from his family. Even though David had failed God, God still used him!
Because of that example I can rest in God’s promise that He will use me in spite of my failures if I have a heart for Him. Yes, I stumble, but I don’t fall because God is holding tightly to my hand. And, God will use me if I hold tightly to His hand.
Sportsmen’s Tip of the Day
As Executive Director of Greater Houston Christian Outdoor Fellowship I am to be an encourager to Fathers and their kids. I get to experience Fathers learning how to encourage their kids when they missed. Be careful to let your kids learn something when they miss. Encouraging them and let them keep on shooting. The hits will come. In other words, in life let them fail, encourage and mentor them and the success will come.