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struggles? Their lives were a gloomy, gray mosaic of despair and
melancholy. They knew they could not conquer, but an inner
compulsion deterred them from abrogating their responsibility.
They found the prescription to mitigate their failures. The
clarion tolled by the prophet Amos possessed them too: “The
lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord hath spoken, who
will not prophesy?” This became an ineluctable urge in all of
them. Each of them felt he was a site upon which God had
reared His tabernacle.
The possibility of harvesting glory from failure is an enhearten-
ing concept in the Bible, proclaiming that the pathway to God
is not necessarily along the road of success. Often it emerges out
of the abyss of failure. Only when Job had lost all was he able
to exclaim, “Now I know that my Redeemer liveth.” Whether
one moves in light or in shadows, whether one’s efforts succeed
or miscarry, whether one reaps fulfillment or frustration, the
true interpretation of success consists in establishing a dialogical
relationship with God.
The infinite love and infinite wisdom, the challenging mes-
sages and invincible truths clarioned in the Bible diffuse light
into every age. Its ideals are not ephemera; they are a spiritual
curriculum that teaches us who live in time how to apprehend,
albeit vaguely, the timelessness of biblical pedagogy. They
proclaim that in the lexicon of the spirit the word “failure” does
not exist. To labor and fight for the right, not necessarily to
triumph, is a divine beckoning to every individual. This is the
eternal teaching of the Eternal Book.