God allows failure to happen in your Christian life for many reasons and this article will try to look at some of the major reasons why God allows failure in your life.
Failure can be unpleasant in one’s life and can make you think that you are not good enough for anything in life.
But you need to understand that failure is vital in your life as a Christian, too because if you had no failure in your life, you wouldn’t grow or appreciate the true meaning of success.
If you have encountered failure in your life in one way or the other, remember, you are not alone as there are many other Christians before you in both the old treatment and the New Testament who encountered failure in their lives but still succeeded in the end.
With that said, let’s discuss the major reasons why God allows failure in our lives so that you can understand that failure isn’t always a bad thing but a necessity for spiritual growth and all other aspects of your life.
Why Does God Allow Failure?
The Bible tells us that God is the one who gives us all things, good and bad. He is the one who provides both physical and emotional sustenance.
God’s word also tells us that he knows what is best for us and that he works all things together for our good including all our failures in life (Romans 8:28).
So why does God allow failure? The answer to that question is simple. God allows us to fail to help us understand that sometimes failure is necessary to achieve success.
If you want to be a good builder, you have to learn how to lay bricks on a flat surface first, which doesn’t happen overnight.
All the good builders you see are good because they learned from their past mistakes, mishaps, and failures that sharpened and perfected their building skills.
Similarly, if you want to be a good musician, you have to learn how to play an instrument well enough to produce music others will listen to repeatedly.
If you are a musician, I think you can relate to the above point that you don’t just become a great singer overnight as you have to learn from your singing mistakes be it your voice, playing a musical instrument correctly, etc.
Life lessons are learned through trial and error. Sometimes, we learn from our own mistakes and sometimes those of others around us but those lessons can only be if we are willing to try new things and make mistakes along the way.
God Lets Us Fail To Learn From Our Mistakes.
Additionally, God allows us to fail so that we can learn from our mistakes. We cannot grow unless we make mistakes, and if everything always goes right for us, we never learn anything new.
Failure is part of life, and we will all experience it at some point or another. But this doesn’t mean that God wants us to fail. He doesn’t and He permits failure so that we can grow and learn from them.
You must understand that God is not a helicopter parent who is terrified at every slightest failure in your life which is why He will at times let you fail as many times as you can if that is what it takes for you to grow and learn from your past mistakes.
If God never allowed failure in our lives, we wouldn’t learn from our mistakes nor we will understand the true meaning and value of success. Remember, success is only sweet to those who have experienced failure.
When we fail, it’s easy to lose faith and blame God for our failures in life and wonder if God wants us to succeed, why would He allow us to fail in the first place?
You need to understand that God sometimes allows us to do things that don’t work out as we hoped. Even when we do everything right, things will still not work out the way we planned sometimes.
That’s because God wants us to trust him more than our own ideas and plans even if they’re good ones. After all, if everything worked out, we wouldn’t see the need to trust God nor His grace, anyway as we will think that we are good enough by ourselves.
However, if the plans we thought were the best ones fall through, it reminds us as Proverbs 3:5,6 says that we need to trust the Lord with all our heart and not to lean on our own understanding and wisdom that can fail us.
God also allows us to fail because he wants us to be humble and depend on him for everything. When we realize that our plans aren’t always what matters most, we can pray more freely and trust God more fully.
We Fail Because Of Sin.
Sin is another reason God may allow us to fail so that we can repent of it by coming to the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness.
One of the deadly consequences of sin is that it brings failure in one’s life due to the absence of God’s divine favor if your life is filled with sin.
You need to understand that you cannot enjoy certain privileges God has only made available to His children living godly lives if you are still living in sin.
This is why Deuteronomy 28:13 tells us that we will only be the head and not the tail if we hearken to His commandments by having nothing to do with sin.
God Further said in the above chapter that if we don’t hearken to His commandments, failures, pestilences, and misfortunes shall be the portion of our soul.
That was specifically said to the children of Israel but it still applies to us today. As you can see in the Old Testament, the Israelites prospered greatly in all they did and defeated their enemies when they shunned sin by hearkening to God’s statutes.
But when they disobeyed God by entertaining sin, all manner of failures, misfortunes, plagues, defeat from the enemy, etc. swiftly came upon them.
The same will apply in your life if you embrace sin in your life but if you repent of it by giving your life to Jesus Christ and vowing to sin no more, all your past failures will be reversed.
Is Failure Part Of God’s Plan?
Failure is a part of God’s plan. He allows us to fail so that we may learn and grow. The Bible says in Job 5:17, “Although he brings grief,” He will also show compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
God gives us opportunities to succeed and to fail. In fact, failure can open up new doors for us that we would have never been able to see otherwise.
When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to take risks in life, we will also experience failures. This can be difficult because we don’t want our failures to define who we are as people.
However, if we choose not to take risks and try something new, then we will never know what could have happened next or what could have been possible for us if we had just tried harder or taken a different approach.
Being willing to fail will give you the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and make better decisions in the future.
Failure teaches us how not to do things and how not to respond when certain situations arise again in our lives. It also helps us realize what works well for others but may not work so well for us personally or vice versa.
4 Examples Of Failure In The Bible.
There are many examples in the bible of people who experienced failures in their lives but were able to overcome them in the end.
Peter denied Jesus Christ three times as we see in John 18:13-27 when Christ was being crucified on the cross and claimed that he never knew Him at all.
That was very devastating for Peter considering that he said he wouldn’t deny our Lord Jesus Christ, no matter what but happened, anyway.
However, Peter later became one of the leaders of the early church after his conversion on Pentecost when God sent His Holy Spirit to all those gathered together at Jerusalem’s Temple courtyard.
David was the second king of Israel, after Saul. He was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). His life was marked by great victories over his enemies and by deep sorrows as well.
His greatest sorrow came when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and arranged for her husband Uriah to be killed so that he could marry her.
This sin led to the death of their baby son, but it did not destroy his relationship with God. Instead, David repented deeply of his sin and pleaded for forgiveness from God. God forgave him and restored him fully to his position as king (2 Samuel 12:13).
Abraham is one of the most important figures in all of Scripture because he represents the faithful follower who trusts God no matter how difficult things seem to be or how impossible they may seem at first glance (Hebrews 11:8).
Abraham lived in a time when people worshiped many gods and even sacrificed their own children on pagan altars (Genesis 22).
But Abraham believed that there was only one true God who had created everything that exists including himself and that the promise of him being a father of many nations after being childless for many years will eventually come to pass which it did.
The above reasons as to why God allows failure are among many out there, as to why God lets us experience the shame that comes with failure.
Nevertheless, you need to understand that failure is not the end of the world as many Christians in the old as we saw failed, too but emerge successful in the end.
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