Overcoming Failure

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. Lamentations 3:22 NIV


In graduate school I took a course in food demonstration techniques. Grades were based on presentation skills instead of cooking abilities. For one assignment, the butterscotch pie I prepared completely failed. I managed to work through the horrible mess and received an excellent grade. My professor said, “Anyone who can remain unruffled with such a disaster, keep audience attention, and minimize the results deserves a top grade.”

The Apostle Peter knew about failure. In boastfulness he declared he would never deny Christ. As foretold by Jesus, Peter denied his Lord three times (Luke 22:54-62). Can you imagine how devastated Peter felt? He failed. But Jesus did not consider him a failure. After the resurrection, He reassured Peter of the ministry ahead (John 21:15-19). Peter overcame failure to become a leader of the Christian faith.

Many spiritual disasters and failures occur in my life. Sometimes I fail to respond or behave in a Christ-like manner—not by choice but by my sinful nature. Reactions to difficult or challenging situations often deserve poor marks. I, too, can overcome failure with God’s help. He knows my inward desire and can help me rise above mistakes. I am thankful God measures the intent of the heart instead of successes and failures. While I fall short, God’s righteousness is dependable. What a comfort to realize God’s mercy does not fail nor will He condemn me when I stumble.

Ending Prayer:
Lord, even when I fail, help me to remember your constant righteousness and compassion.

Linda (MS)