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When failure comes

So Listen, you who are deaf! Look and see, you blind! Who is as blind as my own people, my servant? Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people, the servant of the Lord? You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.”... Who will hear these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you in the future? Who allowed Israel to be robbed and hurt? It was the Lord, against whom we sinned, for the people would not walk in his path, nor would they obey his law.” Isaiah 42:18-20, 23-24

From the text, through the prophet Isaiah, God is telling the Israelites the reason why He allowed them to fail. There are several passages in Scripture where you will read that God uses failure to teach those who believed and trusted Him. There are times He uses failure to reveal sin. The Israelites, as stated by Isaiah refused to obey God, “You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.” Other times He uses failure when people of God will trust their own abilities and not rely on God. When you think that you can live your life without God, He will allow failure to help you understand that He is here to help you and provide you wisdom. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The heavenly Father uses failure to teach spiritual lessons. In this culture and success oriented society, failure is an unwelcomed experience. Yet with God, failure could become the source of success when you realize that He is there to strengthen and provide you guidance. Have you considered that there are times God has to bring you to a point of failure so you could realize your shortcomings? God uses every experience we have in this life—success or failure---so He could mold you to be the person He wants you to be. He is using every circumstance in life so you could reflect God. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:28-29). So when failure comes seek God and let His hand leads you.


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