Nobody likes to fail. Everyone wants to win and achieve success, but most of the time, failure is what we receive. We all are aware of it and its hard to swallow when you have done something that screwed up. Imagine being an Elijah. This man of God, after a great victory, realizes Ahab the president had told his evil wife Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and even more, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” (1ST KINGS 19:1-5). Most of us, if not all, have faced failure in our Christian walk. Many times you realize, the more you want to move forward, the more the resistance level from the kingdom of Satan you will get. The enemy of our soul will always trigger our thoughts to remember our past failure with a desire to keep us down forever.
There have been times in my life where I’ve experienced the pain of my poor choices or actions. In these moments, it can be easy to entertain a notion that I have blown it, that God can’t use me and there’s no hope for restoration. I think we all face these feelings when we fail. Whenever I think of my failures, I draw strength from God’s word, where He tells the stories of heroes of the faith who have or had blown it. In some cases, their failures are so extreme, it would be natural to say that God would have a right to turn His back on them.
But that isn’t God’s nature. He is all about redemption. So when we fail, we can be thankful that God loves a good comeback story.
Paul reminds us that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) This should give us hope that no matter what we may have done, our adventure isn’t over. God’s at work reclaiming our story.
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