Imagine what we could do if we were promised we couldn’t fail.
What would we risk? How far would we go? What difference would we make?
Most of us are looking for that type of promise before we are willing to risk failure. We want to KNOW for SURE that we won’t fall flat on our face, get hurt, or lose.
Many times during the birth of the Christian faith, people were called out by God to accomplish a great purpose. Many times they were given that kind of promise… for a time at least… like Paul in Acts 18 (9-11):
One night God said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people.” He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
God assures Paul that he can be about his work of faith-building without losing his head (literally). But… oh… by the way… Paul DID eventually lose his head (literally) as a prisoner in Rome. But, for this day, God promised victory.
So it is with us. We are never promised that we will ALWAYS succeed… but there are places and times in which God has promised us victory. Sadly, most of us don’t even know when these opportunities have come or gone.
The key to ‘tuning in’ is right there in the first few words of the Scripture passage: One night God said to Paul in a vision
If we aren’t listening or looking… how can we ever hear or see the promises from God for this day.