Day Six = What if I Fail? (40 day fasting challenge)

Day Six = What if I Fail?

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)

The dictionary tells us that the meaning of failure is to fall short, to be left wanting, insufficient, or to turn out badly. A failure cannot be characterized until the action or time period in question has come to a complete end or close. For instance a student may perform poorly on a test or assignment thereby receiving a failing grade however the class as a whole is not a failure and the student is able to redeem their grade by performing better on the next assignment.

We can see this same principle applied to the lives of many Christians throughout the Bible. David, for example is known to be the man after God’s own heart, however he encountered many failures. From adultery to murder David’s life was littered in failure. So if David was so fallible how then could he earn such a prestigious title “a man after God’s own heart”? (See Acts 13:22)

Paul made it very clear in 2 Corinthians. It was not the perfection or lack thereof that lent to David’s great title, but rather God’s grace. David had an amazing relationship with the Lord. He loved him and learned from him at every turn. No matter the choice, whether good or bad; He knew that the Grace of God would allow him the ability to remain in right relationship. David made mistakes. Big ones, but his life was not characterized as a failure because of them. Why? Because he was able to repent ask for forgiveness and learn from each situation.

If you find yourself struggling to stay on task don’t throw your hands up and quit. Don’t simply give up and call it a failure. Repent to God learn where you went wrong, and refocus your perspective on Christ. Through God’s grace you will be able to abound in every good work.


Published by Nathanstrom

Ordained Bishop with the Church of God; Cleveland, TN; Senior Pastor at Redemption Place Church of God Allegan, MI. Community Service Chaplain.

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