Failure — What A Teacher!

When you look closely at scripture you find a lengthy record of people who failed. But none of them stands out, perhaps, like Peter. Think about it—He talked when he should have been thinking. He slept when he should have been watching. He acted when he should have been still. He boldly walked on water and then fearfully began to sink. He wonderfully confessed Jesus as inspired by the Heavenly Father and then regretfully rebuked Jesus with words inspired by the Devil himself. He bragged that he would never deny Jesus, would even die for him, but within hours declared profanely that he had never met Jesus.

All of that to say, in different ways and at certain times, Peter failed miserably. Yet, in each circumstance Peter recognized the error of his ways and turned from it. Peter’s failure was not final. But, then again, Jesus once prayed that it would not be. Jesus said to Simon Peter: “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).

Jesus didn’t say, “If you fail, you’re finished!” Jesus knew that failure doesn’t consist of falling down, but staying down. And, if the truth be known, none of us ever fulfills our God-given potential without our share of failures.

As I shared (mainly whispered) this past Sunday, never allow any failure in your life to serve as the measure of your life. Instead, in the midst of any failure, look to God as your Teacher. Learn from Him. See how God will use the experience you’re going through presently to grow you and ultimately to please Him. Remember your God is bigger than any failure! So look up…

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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