Written By: AnnMarie Alva
Sometimes, we fail. We miss the mark. We don’t stack up to the odds. In those times, it’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Sometimes, we can be so steeped in our mistakes that we give up all together; we cry out to God, or tragically, we hide from Him. We even allow who the Bible calls “the accuser,” to whisper condemnation in our ears until we are so burdened by guilt that we remain in a state of shame.
Failure can take many forms, but all can leave us in despair. Sin has that same effect.
There are different modes of sin. When we sin out of ignorance, the Holy Spirit is quick to correct us with conviction, the feeling like you did something wrong. When we sin knowingly, guilt and the Lord’s rebuke often come next. And then, there’s outright rebellion; sinning with the attitude of spite toward anything Godly, which can get us blotted out of the book of life. And, while we don’t desire to take for granted the grace of God, in our weaknesses and failures He is merciful:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
1 John 1:19
Confessing our sins or failures to God is the act of taking responsibility. It is the recognition that we fall short. That we are in need of correction and thus guidance.
Confessing our sins to God is the act of giving up our pride and admitting we were wrong. That leads to repentance, and repentance is the way we turn away from that sin toward God.
Failure, thus becomes an opportunity for you to give God a foothold in your life.
Just recently, the Lord taught me the benefit of failure. Benefit? How can failure be a good thing? Well, the short answer is, the practice of perseverance.
“…but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance” (Romans 5:3)
In the above scripture, we see that even when we go through tough times or fail, we can be blessed with the chance to persevere. If we never go through the fire, then how can we be refined into gold? How can we learn to endure? God doesn’t take shortcuts when it comes to our personal growth.
Have you ever asked God for patience and then all of a sudden it seems like the whole world slows down just to get on your nerves? That is God answering your prayer, you’re not gonna just magically be more patient. You have to learn and practice your patience. In the same manner, God will allow difficulties into your life so that you can have the opportunity to grow through them.
The great thing about failure is that it teaches us to not give up! If we are quick to call it quits when troubles arise, we will never withstand the mounting pressures of sin and evil that run rampant around us.
There is something deeper lurking, ready to defeat us before we reach our victory. If it wins, we will only ever know failure. But if you push through, stand up and dust your boots off, you get to know growth, and God’s mercy.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9)