Failure!

Failure!

It is as if our current society has put a taboo on failure. And I confess, it is not funny to fail. We all like to win, we all like to prosper, we all like to enjoy, we all like to have it all together. But at times, that is just the opposite of whatwe go through. For instance, 2 years ago, I was pursuing one of the best idea’s in the world with my friends we pursued heavily. We were going to be so succesful, we never even thought was possible. So we went for it full assault. To find ourselves with failure after failure. It was not amusing us one bit. It almost drove us crazy.. Why all these faillures? Are we doing things wrong? Did I misinterpret, miscommunicate, misunderstand? What is wrong.

 

I believe I am not the only one to go through this proces. But here is the catch. When you have done all you could and it just doesn’t work, then maybe you are trying too hard yourself to make it work ahead of time. See, there is a perfect time for everything. But we are not taught this in our lives. Especially our current society (mostly all but the poorest countries) pushes us towards doing 100 things in one second. And because of this, everything has to be present and done NOW. You want food? You order/buy food. You want a new TV? You buy a new TV. You want to watch a movie? You do just that.

 

There is no patience being taught (or shown) at all. In the supermarket where I work part-time, we have to open a cashregister whenever there are 3 people in the queue in every lane. “Customer service” they call it. As a result, you see some customers looking and acting impatiently if they are number 4 in the queue. Here we see that an act of ‘good’ or ‘customer service’ is really deteriorating the lives of the people. Patience, is a valuable virtue.

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭13‬ KJV)

 

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭10‬:‭36‬ KJV)

Now, when we establish patience, we can better cope with faillures. In our ‘productive’ society, men have a tenancy to replace items, processes, equipment, yes even people in order to achieve the maximum efficiency. That is why faillure is being branded as a ‘no-go’. But if you are human, which I hope most of you do realise, you are bound to fail. But why? Why does God who is perfect and gave us His Holy Spirit to help us, allow us to fail? Are we not perfect in Christ?

 

Yes we are perfect in Christ, yes God sent His Spirit to help us, and yes God allows us sometimes to go ahead in our own plans and flat out fail. There is much gain in our faillures. Let me explain.

Here are some reasons, and this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • we understand that we are unable –> we go to God Who is able. [1]
  • we learn that our way is not The right way –> we go to God to lead us in His way [2]
  • we may be convicted of our errors –> we go to God to repent and ask for forgiveness [3]
  • it breaks our pride –> we humble ourselves under the hand of God. [4]
  • it breaks our soul –> we go to God to fix the damage by His Spirit [5]
  • it teaches us patience –> we go to God to be filled up again [6]

 

You see dear ones of the Most High, there is much gain in our faillures. It seems even more than in our successes. Paul rightly writes that we will gain much in tribulation.[6] Don’t worry when you failed. Be glad and run to God to ask forgiveness for anything you may have done that was not pleasing to Him, or not done things that were pleasing to Him. He will fill you up, even to overflowing of love, grace and strength for the next time.

 

Also, when you are tempted to think:

  • where is God anyway in my situation.[7]
  • how can anyone get me out of this mess.[8]
  • what am I to do now? [9]
  • everything around me is destroyed, or falling apart… [10]

God is our help! In Christ do we stand. On our own feet we cannot stand, unless we are in Christ. So be happy! Be cheerful! Because we have an awesome God!

 

And He helped me write this all. I didn’t know how to put it all together. But when you call out to Jesus for help, He will respond. Try and be amazed.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (‭John‬ ‭14‬:‭27‬ KJV)

 

[1] – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ KJV)

 

[2] – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭8‬ KJV)

 

[3] – If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (‭1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭8-10‬ KJV)

 

[4] – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (‭1 Peter‬ ‭5‬:‭6-7‬ KJV)

 

[5] – For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭57‬:‭15‬ KJV)

 

[6] – And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭3-5‬ KJV)

 

[7] – There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭13‬ KJV)

 

[8] – Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. (‭Psalms‬ ‭71‬:‭2-3‬ KJV)

 

[9] – I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (‭Psalms‬ ‭32‬:‭8‬ KJV)

 

[10] – And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (‭Matthew‬ ‭24‬:‭6‬ KJV)

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