Today a realization came to me. I realized that there are so many people that live their lives in the default mode (I catch myself doing it all the time). The dictionary defines, “default” as: a) Failure to act; inaction or neglect; b) Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation; c) Failure to do something required by duty. I hope you caught the key word – FAILURE.
So many people in their “fear of failure” fail to make a decision and ultimately end up being a failure.
Why do we, as children of the Most High God live such sub-par lives? Why do we end up settling for less? Why do we allow the world and other people dictate how we ought to live rather than listening to God?
To this day, I have not found too many default decisions that brought forth great fruit in my life. We need to find more men and women who are courageous enough that they are willing to lay everything on the line for God’s glory and say what was said in Esther 4:16, “And if I perish, I perish.”
The Hebrew word for “perish” is kalah. It means, “to cease, to fail, to faint, to finish, to fulfil.” Can we honestly say, “If I fail, I fail”? The greatest truth in all this is that no matter what happens, God is for us and He will never forsake us, especially when we fail.
May the words of Nehemiah remind us of this truth – “But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God” (Neh 9:31).