“O sing to the LORD a new song,
For He has done wonderful things,
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.” –Psalm 98:1
As humans, we fail a lot don’t we? I find myself often on YouTube looking up “funniest fails of the week,” and getting MANY results! I am no exception to failure, either. One time, I was riding my bike back to my dorm, a to-go box filled with lunch in one hand and my other steering. There was a flight of stairs in my path that I normally took on foot to get to my dorm quicker. Brilliantly, I thought that taking my bike down that same path, with food in hand, would be a breeze. Needless to say, I did not get to eat my corndogs that day, but instead ate pavement.
You see, I thought that I had everything under control. Usually, when we believe we have everything under control is when we soon find ourselves out of control. Can you think of a time in your life where something like that has happened? Personally, I feel a vast amount more guiltiness of my failures when, looking back, I recall the actions I took intentionally to get there. It is almost as though I had set myself up for failure, but I didn’t see it coming because I was so blinded by my desire. Folks, I’m here to tell you that is exactly how sin eats at a Christian and if we aren’t careful, that sense of failure will further ruin your life.
Satan enjoys using the sense of failure as a way for Christians to pity themselves. Why? When Christians pity themselves, they are focusing on themselves and not on God. “Why is Satan trying to take our focus away from God,” you might ask. The love of God is so overwhelming, so undeniable, so invasive, so massive, and so victorious that the only possible way we wouldn’t be able to see it is if we are looking inward instead of outward.
The greatest victory in the entire history and future of the world was Jesus’ victory over the grave. He was able to conquer death, sin, and Satan all at the same time. The greatest thing about our failures and our sins as humans, with every failure we had or ever will have, is that the power of the greatest victory, Jesus’ victory, is shown. Every. Single. Time.
Failure happens. Whether it is intentional or accidental, it happens. Failure is upsetting, but don’t allow it to eat at you, else it will be that much harder to look up and see God’s grace and love which has already covered you and your sin. Finally, failure doesn’t just overcome you. It overcomes everyone, “but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33b