ITS TIME TO ENCOURAGE YOURSELF…..ITS TIME TO TRY AGAIN
22 And the people, that is, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and again formed the battle line at the place where they had put themselves in array on the first day.
Judges chapter 20 tells the story of the Israelites losing battles on two consecutive days. Rather than give up after the first defeat, they “took courage and strengthened themselves.”
The men of Israel had a choice to make after their defeats: Would they try again, believing that with God they wouldn’t fail, or would they take the easy way out and give up? It takes courage to keep pressing on when you have already experienced what appears to be failure, but we see in God’s Word that when the Israelites kept going, trusting Him, they ended up victorious.
Many people live unfulfilled lives because they let one or two failures defeat them. I like to say that we are not failures just because we fail at something. Nobody is a failure until he or she quits trying.