Failure is not Final

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…. Proverbs 24:16

I’m so thankful for the truth that failure is not final. The Bible is filled with examples of men and women who committed a major mistake and yet God still chose to use them following their moment of failure. Consider…

  • Abraham chose not to walk by faith (Gen 17), but later became known for his faith (Heb 11).
  • Moses killed an Egyptian. He spends 40 years isolated in a desert and yet God chose Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt.
  • David is named a man after God’s own heart. He commits an act of adultery, faces incredible ramifications for his sin and yet God uses him to write multiple Psalms that have blessed millions of believers through the centuries.
  • Peter committed one of the greatest acts of cowardice by betraying Jesus and yet less than two months later he stands and preaches one of the greatest messages the world has ever heard. God blessed it in an unusual way (Acts 1).

We could talk about Paul, John Mark or many other followers of Christ throughout the history of the church. The point stands that failure has never been the deciding factor of whether or not God chooses to use an individual. God’s grace overcomes failure. Romans 5:20 states, “…where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”

Failure is not final. In many ways it’s just the beginning of a new era of God’s grace empowering us to live for Him!

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