“Adam and Eve blatantly disobeyed God and then lied about their sin. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and then plotted the murder of her husband. Peter bragged about his commitment to Jesus and then denied Him not once, but three times. In fact, it’s hard to find biblical characters who didn’t fail at some point, but those who learned from their failure and used it as a tool of growth were often used by God to accomplish great things.
I have come to believe that failure is a necessary part of our growth and maturity as followers of Jesus Christ. Failure can interpret the unconditional love and forgiveness of God like nothing else canif we trust God enough to transform tragedy into triumph. Desperation can be our friend if it makes us crave God and long to see His power unleashed in our lives. Failure is not final, but God’s grace is.
Excerpted from Trusting God by Sharon Jaynes, Gwen Smith, and Mary Southerland
Daily Reflection: As the new year unfolds, what can you learned from last year’s failures?