Talking about Failure this week...there is a moment when it comes to our attention that we have been wrong or have fallen short or have flat-out failed. This is a critical moment for us. It is the Crux of Failure. The point that we must make a decision. We can either deny it, transfer blame of it, ignore it or deal with it. As a follower of Jesus it is clear what we are to do. Read Acts 9:3-6 to see the Crux of Failure for Saul.
As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Now, put it in perspective. Saul had been training to follow God as a Pharisee since childhood. He had memorized most of the first 5 books of the Bible (Torah) and likely the Prophet Isaiah. He had given his whole life to purity and law and the God of the Jewish world. He had zealously protected his religion against attackers including a man named Jesus and His followers whom Saul was convinced was a heretic and a blasphemer. Now, this man was being faced by Jesus (Resurrected and Ascended) on the road that Saul was taking to persecute the people that followed The Lord! What a Crux! What a moment of humiliation!
Saul become physically blind for three days after this but he had to recognize that his failure had been that he was spiritually blind for most of his life. Could he admit it? Could he change. Could he get back up again and turn to the truth or would he shrink in bitterness and regret or worse?
When we come to our moment of struggle, every ounce of our being is tested but none greater than the faith that binds us to Almighty God. It is God that allows us to overcome failure. It is God who allows us to try again. It is God who allows us to repent and turn. Can you look at a moment of failure and rise from it? It is a trait of a faithful person to do so. Make this Proverb a reality in your life today:
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. Proverbs 24:16