May 10, 2007
There are no Failures in Life, Only Chapters of Learning
very life is but a colorful story of God unfolding
His plan for the human race. It is a story of joys, sorrow, ups and downs,
death and life, relationships, failures and successes. The more tragedy, the
more colorful. Considering in the long haul God "works everything together
for good" there are really no failures, and in the end the only success that
really matters is our coming to the end of our journey in Father's heart,
the place Jesus has gone to prepare for each individual.
ow, if you feel your life is worthless and a
failure and despair has set up a shrine in your heart, let us look at the
lives of the people God used to change the course of History and how they
are remembered as pillars in spite of, or should I say because of, their
et us look at the life of the
one we are perhaps the most familiar with — Jesus, the Christ.
fter proving Himself with performing miracles,
words of life, prophetic utterances etc., He goes and gets Himself killed.
However, as He obeyed the Father, all things worked together for good and
He was, indeed, resurrected. Life as He knew it ended and another story began
of which we are all partakers.
ow about David the king? He starts out as a lowly
shepherd boy. His status as king brought up the mountains of pride, presumption,
and arrogance. In his arrogance he does what is the unforgivable sin. He not
only steals his friend's wife, he also has his friend killed so as to look
innocent in the people's eyes. He was worse than Clinton's "I committed no
sex" deception. His confession came by way of a prophet. His arrogance blinded
his eyes to his own deceit.
id this failure and disgrace cause him to commit
suicide or pout??? No indeed. Once he became aware of his seemingly unforgivable
sin and how he caused heartache to others and shame to himself, he went before
God with a repentant heart. He cried out to God for a new heart and a right
ow let us look at the outcome of the seeming
failure of David the king. Of course God forgives his repentant heart. His
dysfunctional family is a comfort to those of us today trying to make peace
in the family by writing our own script. However, because of his weakness,
David has given hope to many who have gone astray. To add to this seemingly
hopeless situation, God did, indeed, give David a new heart and a right spirit
— a pure heart with no covetry and a spirit plugged into the glory of the
God who created him.
ow about Moses? When told by God he was
to free the Israelites, first he kills the Egyptian. Sure the Egyptians were
the cause of Israel's bondage. Was it his temper or did he think he was obeying
God? Whatever: his impetuous nature made him take to the back side of the
desert so God could prove him and use him. Did he say f--- you God and give
up on his vision? No siree, he took his "time out" and used it wisely. He
let God change his heart and prepare him for his visitation. To add to his
misdemeanors, poor Moses trudges to the top of the mountain, gets the Ten
Commandments, comes down to find out his flock has gone astray and he takes
those Commandants which have guided the human race for centuries and are still
written on our hearts today and he throws them to the ground in utter despair
and desperation. His anger and frustration in trying to carry out God's will
perhaps are what kept him out of the promised land. But did Moses fail God???
I think not, for he was on the mountain of transfiguration with Elijah and
Jesus and he is perhaps the most beloved of all Bible characters, being recognized
by the Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
ow, let us look at the prize boob of the Bible.
Good old Jonah. Not only did he run from God when he was called to lay his
life down for God's people, but it took the heathen to spot the culprit in
the boat and had no qualms of throwing him overboard as to get the wrath of
God out of the boat. His "back side of the desert" experience was a trip into
hell in the belly of a whale. That little trip put the fear of God in him
and he ran with the message to Nineveh. And what did he do when his message
brought a country to its knees? Instead of being grateful and relieved, he
sits and pouts because of God's mercy on a supposed evil country. Does the
story end with that failure? Indeed not, as Jonah's experience is mentioned
as part of the death and resurrection of Christ. Almost all of us can identify
with poor Jonah who loved his comfort and hated to be disturbed.....his seemingly
big time failure just another chapter in God's Book of Life.
eter's jail sentence, his denial of Christ, his
unstopped mouth, his Jewishness all seeming failures, are colorful chapters
in the book of the one to whom Christ gave the keys to the Kingdom.
o as life as we know it comes to an end and things
seem hopeless and a big failure, just know that out of despair comes hope,
and out of sorrow comes joy, out of the ashes of our life comes the beauty
of holiness, and joy does come in the morning after a sometimes hopelessly
How could I write "There are no failures in
God" and forget the biggest, most talked about failure - who was so drugged,
so screwed up from partying that it ate his substance - who became homeless
with no food - who finally got the picture that he is not his own God - humbled
himself and found his way back to His Father. Raise your hand if that
describes yourself. So let us expect America, the biggest whore, the
most arrogant country that has the substance eaten out of us by wanting from
our government rather than God, suddenly come to its senses and cry out to
the only one who can rescue us from ourselves. We will then see genuine
unity, dancing and partying with no desire but to do His will. Ya -
better days will find us and we will once more see a big chapter in the fall
and rise of America.