Hope in the Midst of Failure
“Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, one of the descendants of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God by marrying foreign women from the peoples around us. But in spite of this, there is still hope for Israel.” Ezra 10:2
You may feel like 2017 was a year of failures. You made one mistake after another and before you knew it, the year fell apart. Do not be dismayed, God knew the kind of year 2017 was going to be for us. But, I can testify that there is hope in the midst of what we call failure.
Every moment of every day we make decisions. Our choices are simple:
1. Do the will of God or don’t do the will of God;
2. Be faithful to the things of God or not;
3. Either we’ll be obedient to God or we won’t.
4. Tell the truth or tell a lie;
5. Show the love of Christ to others, or not;
6. Treat others the way we want to be treated or treat others the way we think they deserve.
Simple choices, yes?
If it were simple then we’d all live our lives like Christ every day, every moment, through every decision that we make. Every decision would be based on God’s will for us and not our will for ourselves. But it’s not that simple.
We fail every day. We fail moment by moment because we make decisions that are based on our emotions, our dreams and our desires.
We fail and then we feel bad. We fall and then we feel ashamed. We know we should do better but somehow we just can’t seem to get it right. It’s okay, because there is hope in the midst of our failure.
Often times we feel like Paul in Romans 7:21 – 25 when he wrote (I’m paraphrasing) “When I want to do right, I don’t, I wish I could, but I just can’t seem to get it right! Who can save me from me? But, thanks be to God through Christ, I’ve already been saved from myself!”
Yes, thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord we have been saved from our sin. Even when we fail to live to the level that we should, we still have hope. In spite of what we’ve done, we still have hope. This means we do not have to wallow in self-pity or sink into depression. We can get up, admit to our sins, ask for forgiveness and move forward.
God does not hold our sins against us. On the contrary, the Bible says in Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”
With our hope in God, no matter what we’ve done, are doing or may do, we are forgiven!
Living Above Mediocrity,
Min. Anita Wamble
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