The frustrated physicist was ready to quit his profession. Failure had tripped him up, and no one offered a helping hand to lift him to his feet. But as he casually leafed through the pages of one of his works, he found a message which changed his life.

Scrawled on the inside cover of his book were these words:

“Go on, Sir, go on. The difficulties you will meet will resolve themselves as you advance. Proceed and light will dawn and shine with increased clearness on your path.”

The physicist chose to go on. As a result of his decision, he succeeded. After rising to fame and notoriety, he paid homage to the inspiration of the anonymous handwritten message in his book.

Failure frequently places us on the thresholds of success. But those who quit never taste its sweetness. They never experience the thrill of victory. They stop inches short of the mountain peak of achievement and retreat at discouragement’s beckoning. This ought not to be the case with the Christian. Our Savior has secured our victory through His conquest of sin, Satan, and death. Not even the powerful foe of discouragement can hinder our advance—unless we let it.

You may have fallen so many times you fear to get up. Discouragement may be staring you in the face because you’ve failed God and your family again. Remember Satan and his agent, Discouragement, have been defeated. Don’t allow them to prevent you from planting your feet on the mountaintop of Victory in Christ. Go on, Sir or Ma’am, go on.

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. — B.C. Forbes

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.