How to deal with the fear of failure
This is in continuation from yesterday's post, where I shared some of the fears that I had in the past and how I continue to overcome them. I would be remiss if I do not mention that I have one last fear, though: the fear of not hearing God’s voice of feeling His presence.
I think about the story of King Hezekiah in the bible. Here’s what 2 Kings 18 says about Hezekiah:
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6 He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses.7 And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook…
I love that passage, it gives a succinct view of Hezekiah as a king.
But consider 2 Chronicles 32:
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the Lord’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the Lord’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.
God forgave Hezekiah after He repented. I had never really known this story in full, like many other people, I'd reference the verse about God withdrawing to test Hezekiah's heart and ignore the context of God's action. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
The good news is that I don’t even have to worry about this anymore because with the coming of the Holy Spirit, even that fear has been cast away.
1 Corinthians 12:11 “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
The Holy Spirit is inside me to lead me to His will. He will talk to me and because there is liberty in Him, even the fear of not hearing God’s voice is cast out.
God is faithful and will not give us more than what we can handle. He tests us to enable us outgrow our limits and to learn to rely on Him. While I grow in the Lord, He occasionally sets fire to my tail to keep me wanting more. And the more I want, the more He satisfies me.
So where’s the fear of failure?
There is no failure in Christ, because we know that “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."- 2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV)
I’ll leave you with this very beautiful verse:
“But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NLT)
The Holy Spirit is here to show us God’s secrets and to help us to fulfil them.
Imagine throwing a surprise party for someone and getting them exactly what they want? That’s what the Holy Spirit helps us to do for God. He teaches us how to touch the heart of God and how to walk in the light of God so that we do not fail.
Isn’t this so exciting?