I was reading through Psalm 119 and came to this verse …
“ … Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all your commandments.
My ways aren’t always directed at keeping His Word.
I mean, most of the time they are.
But what about the other 438,472,727,473 times?
I don’t want to be ashamed when I’m reading Gods Word, when I look to His ways, when I examine my life in light of His word, but the truth is, it happens.
I could just shrug it off with platitudes like, “I’m not perfect. I’m human.”
Even Peter demonstrates that years of walking with Christ can still leave a person weak.
The fact is, no matter how strong my faith, there will be times when I fall short in terms of fulfilling God’s expectations and following His instructions. There will be moments like today when I read His Word and realize I haven’t kept it.
However I’ve failed doesn’t have to be a negatively defining moment in my life. The fact that I feel conviction when I realize I’ve messed up is a good start.
My obedient response is even better. It demonstrates that that the Holy Spirit is alive and at work in my life, that I am willing to change and be chiseled into the image of God, even when it hurts.
What happens next is important. That I acknowledge my sin, I repent, and I ask for forgiveness.
It’s not that you and I won’t ever fail. It’s how we approach the failure is what matters.
Just look back at Peter’s example for some encouragement. In the hour of his Lord’s greatest anguish, Peter had denied even knowing him. In on of my favorite passages, Jesus prefaced …
(Luke 22:31-32 NKJV)
And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Jesus predicted Peters denial. That’s because God knows what is in us. He also knows that our failures can be used for His glory and our good if we take the proper steps in obedience to His Word … and that’s my favorite part. Jesus makes it clear … WHEN you get past your struggle. WHEN you overcome your failure. Not if … but when … then go help others.
Peters failure was a defining moment that led him on to doing great things for the gospel. Jesus prayed for him … that Peters faith wouldn’t fail, even when his flesh did.
So read your Bible, and when you stumble across a passage that makes you stop, STOP. Don’t just keep going. Give the Holy Spirit it’s due and allow GOD to work in your heart.