Strengthened After Failing God
Daily Devotional for April 10th
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32
There is not one Christian life that has not had some sort of failure from the outset. As a matter of fact, none of us know everything we need to know in order to walk this walk in Christ when we are saved. We learn by reading God’s word regularly, talking and listening to the Lord through prayer.
There is another element that we learn by; and that is through our failures. Most of the time though people give up living for God when they fail. It’s not a matter of if you will fail, but a matter of when. This however, does not give us a pass or excuse. Our failures should bring something about in our Christian experience; and that is learning how to overcome failure as a Christian.
Jesus knew Peter would ultimately have to eat his words but offered, not just a revelation into Peter’s future, but also how Peter’s failure would turn into a blessing to all the disciples. Jesus said When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. In your walk with God, you failures may not be the most beautiful times in your life, but the spiritual lessons you learn will become your greatest blessings.
Only God can make blessings out of failures, and turn the worst of failures around for the good. How would Peter be able to strengthen his brothers? By sharing his fall, and how turning back to Jesus, the grace of God was able to restore Him. Peter and Judas both turned away, but Peter fell on the mercy of Jesus and was restored. Peter made a bold statement that he would never forsake the Lord but found himself doing it anyway. Peter’s greatest lesson, I believe, was learning he could not rely on himself, but he must trust the Lord to be his strength.
Friend, you may have failed God miserably or turned completely away from Christ and wonder if restoration is possible. Peter was able to strengthen his brothers after his own conversion showing them that restoration is possible. It’s not how you fall that matters, but how you get back up when you do fall. Jesus desires to lift you back up out of failure. Don’t let the devil keep you beat down in defeat. The grace of God is here to restore the relationship that has been severed. Call to Jesus! He will restore!