Scripture Reading: Micah 7:8
Brethren, the fourth thing we have to do for failure not to be final in our lives is that we must learn the art of always growing even through failure. Later in life, as a seasoned veteran of the faith, Peter wrote, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18a) God sees our potential, not just our present. When Jesus first called Peter, he was spiritually immature. “Come, follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17) Peter became great, but not overnight. It was a growth process. Growth takes time. Failure can be a springboard instead of a setback if we learn and grow from it. Peter made many blunders, but see how God used him—preaching to masses, healing the sick, boldly leading the early church and giving his life as a martyr. Despite his failures, he became an overwhelming success.
Remember, God sees the end from the beginning. You may be bogged down in the mire of your immediate problems to the degree that you cannot see beyond them. But God can see where all of this is leading you. Trust Him to see you through the dark hours and difficult times. Just as you trusted Him by faith for salvation, trust Him to forgive you and restore you to His service.
The Bible reminds us that, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Be courageous friend, there is no failure in your life too great for the grace of God to overcome. Never let defeat have the last word. Failure doesn’t have to be final. Jeremiah 8:4 says this to the people of Judah: “This is what the Lord says: You know if a man falls down, he gets up again. And if a man goes the wrong way, he turns around and comes back.” Psalms 119:71 says, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn Your statutes.” Psalms 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in His way. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
1Kgs 18:41-46; Ps 65:10abcd.10e-11.12-13(R.2ab); Accl Jn 13:34; Gosp Mt 5:20-26 WEEKDAY
1. Lord, in the low times and also when I’m overcome by failure, give me the strength to believe I will be successful and there will be new seasons of blessing that will slowly and naturally enter into my life, in the name of Jesus. Father, when I am afraid, I will put my confidence in You. Yes, I will trust Your promises.
Exercise: Encourage someone with these three days reflections.
Meditation: 2 Corinthians 4:9.