When Your Mind Says You Failed
By Lynn Cowell
“My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises.” Psalm 57:7
Fail. It’s a word I’ve heard my kids use when something goes wrong. Just plain “fail.” It’s a word I know as well. Failure is what I felt when I’d done all I knew to do to make a large project successful.
Yet, according to my measurement, I had fallen very short. All I could think was, You failed.
I found my mind swirling, trying to process what happened. Confused, I wondered, God, why didn’t You help me? The project was for Him, after all. You would think He would have stepped up and helped me, at least in the way I was looking for help.
What did I do wrong?
Maybe I’m just not cut out for this?
Maybe I was mistaken about hearing God telling me to do this?
My confidence was gone.
Can you recall a time when you thought you were doing what God wanted you to do, yet it didn’t turn out how you anticipated? Was your confidence shaken, not just in yourself, but in God?
Friend, you are not alone. It’s so easy to lose our confidence when things aren’t going well.
In today’s key verse, David speaks of confidence: “My heart is confident in you, O God.” Reading these words, we might assume David wrote them when his life was going well, possibly moments away from marrying the king’s daughter and living happily ever after. His reality, in fact, was far from happy. As David penned these words, he was literally running from a mad man (King Saul) who not only wanted to kill him, but also had the power to do so. (You can read 1 Samuel, chapters 19-22, for more of this story.)
When David wrote these words found in Psalm 57:7, “My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises” — words filled with faith and hope — he was hiding in a cave. Not alone, but with 400 guys who were also running from trouble, in debt or just plain discontented with life as they knew it.
Here, in this awful situation, David reaffirmed his security hadn’t changed even if his circumstances did. His confidence was still built on God, and his relationship with Him helped his confidence stay strong.
Despite his horrific circumstances, David experienced security and contentment because he knew God was with him even in difficult circumstances. When My Mind Says, “You Failed” BY LYNN COWELL “My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises.” Psalm 57:7 (NLT) God can make us brave whether our lives are coming together or falling apart.
We can have a heart and mind that is set in place, confident and secure in who we are and our abilities, even when our circumstances seem to say, “You failed.” I want to be like David. Confidence attached to God. Unshaken by any situation or circumstances. Unable to hold back His praises.
Dear God, the way You define failure and the way we define failure is so very different. Help me see when my circumstances are a set-up, an opportunity to build my confidence in You. Always and only in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Writing in Action:
Your Prompt for the Week.
Think of the last time something in your life didn’t go as planned, and you felt like you’d failed. Write about how you responded. Were you able to press in to God and eventually regain your confidence, or did you continue to struggle in self-defeat? Is this something you can share as a way to encourage and inspire others to action? It’s okay if you can’t claim immediate victory, just show how you are continuing through the journey of gaining confidence. Use Hebrews 10:35 as your core verse, which says “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” (NIV)
Every. Sweat. Matters.
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Every. Sweat. Matters.