There are many ways God uses our failures for our good and in this post today, we will discuss 7 major ways God uses our failures for our own good.
For most of us, failure is a daily occurrence. We fail at our jobs, in our relationships, and in our attempts to be good people. Sometimes, it feels like the more we try, the worse things get.
It’s easy to fall into a pattern of defeatism when faced with repeated failure. It’s even easier to give up on ourselves, on God, and our dreams altogether.
But God has a different plan for us: He wants us to recognize that failure is part of life and use it for good not just for ourselves but also for others who need our encouragement as well.
With that said, here are seven ways God uses our failures for our good with reference to bible verses in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
7 Ways God Uses Failures For Our Good.
Below are the 7 major ways God uses our failure for our good that will remind you that failure is not the end of the world.
- To Bring Us Closer To Him.
- To Break Prideful Hearts.
- To Teach Us Humility.
- To Teach Us Vital Life Lessons.
- To Test & Refine Our Faith.
- To Help Us Handle Disappointment With Dignity.
- To Refine You.
1. To Bring Us Closer To Him.
When we fail, we realize how desperately we need God. We are brought to the end of ourselves and forced to cry out to him for help. This is how God draws us closer to Himself.
If failure wasn’t present in our lives, we would see no need of drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ because we will think that everything is fine in our lives.
But when failure comes, it reminds you that you need God’s help and grace to accomplish certain things in life you can’t in your own strength.
Failure once again reminds you that it’s not by might nor by your own power as Zachariah 4:6 says but by the Holy Spirit and grace of the Lord can you achieve certain victories and successes in your life.
2. To Break Prideful Hearts.
God knows that pride is an obstacle between man and him. Pride makes people think they can handle life on their own and often prevents them from calling out to God when they need him most.
As a result, God breaks our prideful hearts by failure so that we may learn to cling and depend on Him more and not ourselves.
God says in James 4:6 that He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble and when God allows you to fail many times despite all the best-laid plans, you get reminded that indeed it’s not by might nor by power but by His grace.
If God did not permit failure in your life, you will think that all the success you have in your life is by your own ingenuity. You need to remember that even the most hardworking people in life fail.
3. To Teach Us Humility.
When we fail, we learn quickly that our strength is not found in ourselves but Christ Jesus alone. We learn that without him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Failure teaches humility, which produces character growth as well as trust in God’s sovereignty over every situation in life over ourselves.
Naturally as humans due to our fallen nature, we always want to praise ourselves when we achieve certain things in our lives. We always want to glorify ourselves instead of God for our accomplishments in our lives thinking it’s by our own might we did it.
However, when God allows a series of failures in your life that make you realize that only by His grace can you obtain good success, all the resulting success you have in your life be it in the ministry you will attribute to God, not yourself.
4. To Teach Us Vital Life Lessons.
God uses our failure as an opportunity for us to learn what is really important in life and what isn’t so we can begin giving more than just lip service to things like justice, mercy, love, and hope in this world full of sin (Matthews 25).
If you didn’t experience any failure as a person in your life, you will not learn important life lessons that only come with failure.
Some of the vital life lessons failures teach us is that good success which is rewarding and fulfilling can only come after experiencing many humiliating failures in your life.
Failure teaches you that without it, success has no value and meaning because if you succeeded without any failures on your path to success, you won’t find that success rewarding and fulfilling in any way nor will you value it.
5. To Test & Refine Our Faith.
Another way God uses our failure for our own good is that He uses it to test and refine our faith to see if our Christian faith is genuine and where it needs to be perfected.
It’s easy to have faith in your Christian life if you are not experiencing any failure or disappointment in your life but the real litmus test that will show that your faith is genuine is when failure and disappointments come.
It’s when you are experiencing failure and difficult times in your life that you even need to have more faith in God that He can turn all your failures into success. This is when you need to show that your faith is genuine and not superficial.
If you never experienced failure in your life, your faith will be weak and not established in the Lord but as Psalms 34:10b tells us, you will lack no good thing if you seek the Lord even in times of failure and not lose faith as you know all will be well in the end.
6. To Help Us Handle Disappointment With Dignity.
God also uses our failures to teach us how to handle disappointment and discouragement with dignity and grace, which is a skill that will serve us well when we face it again in the future (and we will).
Instead of seeing failure as a sign of weakness and defeat, you will see failure as an opportunity for spiritual growth and do great things you would otherwise not have done if you had not experienced failure.
One good example of a bible character who dealt with failure with dignity is Moses as he tried to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt. Despite his many failed attempts to deliver the Israelites, he didn’t give up on God and himself.
He believed that one day with God’s grace, he will eventually deliver the Israelites out of the hand of Pharaoh which he did as we see in Exodus 14: 1-31. If Moses didn’t handle his failures and disappointment with dignity, he would have given up as most do.
7. To Refine You.
Last but not least, God uses our failures in our lives to refine us just as God and silver are refined by fire in a fiery furnace.
Our failures are what God uses to shape and mold us into new creations in Christ Jesus as 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us. God wants to change you from the inside out through his Word and Spirit.
And failures often provide opportunities for Him to do so (Psalms 119:71). If you didn’t experience failure to refine your character, your character will be weak and poorly developed which will fracture at every slightest and small failure you encounter in your life.
However, if God permits failures and difficult times in your life, it gives Him an opportunity to perfect and refine your character so that it can be strong and unbreakable so that it doesn’t fracture even in difficult times.
I hope the above 7 ways God uses failure for our good will now help you understand that failure isn’t always a bad thing and that God uses it for His glory and to make you into a better person. If this post edified you, let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share before you leave. God speed.
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