We are all familiar with the phrase “If at first you don’t succeed; try, try again.” So many times in life we give up after the first try when nothing seems to work. It took Thomas Edison over 10,000 times to invent the light bulb. Talk about determination. Because he didn’t quit, we have light today. Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, said “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Most of the time we are so afraid of failure that we don’t even attempt anything great in our lives. Take a shot, if you miss, reload and try again.
In 2 Kings 4:25-37, we see the story of Elisha raising from the dead the promised son of the Shunammite woman. Now Elisha attempts to raise the boy from the dead five different times. On the third and the fifth attempt, Elisha stretches himself out on the boy and lies on top of him. The first time Elisha does this the boy doesn’t come back to life, but his body becomes warm. So Elisha tries it again and the boy comes back from the dead. Sometimes, like in this example, we try something and it seems to be working but we give up on it too soon. There might be something in your life that you are attempting to accomplish and you feel like giving up. Don’t quit. Keep at it until you accomplish what you set out to do. Maybe you’re like Elisha and you stopped doing the only thing that seemed to work. Go back to it, try it again, and see what happens.
Elijah told his servant to do something seven times before the servant saw results (See 1 Kings 18:43-44). Peter was out all night, caught absolutely nothing and Jesus told him to let down his nets one more time (See Luke 5:4-11). The children of Israel had to walk around the walls of Jericho 13 times before the walls came crashing down (See Joshua 6:1-20). Naaman had to dip seven times in the Jordan before he was healed (See 2 Kings 5:14).
So if you have ever tried something and at first you didn’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.