I had written a Post on failure and briefly covered how failures can be one of our most VALUABLE blessings but I wanted to cover this wonderful aspect of failure in a little more detail in a separate Post, especially since we fall short and ‘miss the mark’ (the definition of ‘sin’) so VERY OFTEN!
This came to mind this morning when I was reading one of Oswald Chambers’ entries from his book “My Utmost For His Highest” (please reference the Post by same name as this title). His quote is as follows and emphasis is mine:
“NEVER LET THE SENSE OF FAILURE DEFEAT YOUR NEXT STEP.”
This is especially true because we know that our Father and Lord can so EASILY make “ALL things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose” . (Romans 8:28)
One blessing we can experience from our many failures is that it simply reveals to us how weak we are in some areas of our life and how much more effort we need to make in relying COMPLETELY on God and Christ Jesus. You can reference the Posts “Failure Part I”, “Some Of Our Weaknesses Take Longer To Overcome”, “David’s Heinous Sin vs God’s Mercy” and “NEVER….NEVER Give Up” for further discussion on this. Believe me, I know a LOT about failure….this subject is near and dear to my heart!!
Nevertheless, even with all of the above being true, we will still suffer some sort of LOSS because of our failures (mainly ‘fleshly’ sins), either by a hindrance of our Spiritual growth, our out right self loathing or direct chastisement from God and Jesus. As there are varying degrees of sin, so likewise, there are varying degrees of loss and chastisement (1 John 5:16-17).
And, of course, there are failures that are NOT the more serious ‘fleshly’ sins. As an example, we can fail time and time and time again while attempting to consistently “practice the presence of God” (please see the Post by this title). In this case, however, I suspect our Father and Lord may even admire this type of failure because it shows we are TRYING to become more Christlike and come closer to Them.
Still and all, we should always remember “never let the sense of failure defeat your next step”.
Take care, in Him