COMING BACK FROM FAILURE                                 Acts 2;14-24

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:” (v14)

When discussing shattered hopes and plans we talk about something happening from without which caused our plans to be crushed. It is quite likely  that someone reading this is caught up in a vortex of pessimism and gloom due to a recent  or even a not-so-recent failure. You may be feeling like the man who once told me: ‘I’m stunned by my failure: My stomach twists and turns. I’m so upset I cannot sleep. I’ve read that ‘the bird with the broken wing will never sour as high again.” Does that mean I can never rise to the heights in God I used to know?

We talked together of Simon Peter – a man with one of the worst records in the New Testament. Peter was prejudiced, intolerant, stubborn and spiritually insensitive. Again and again he failed to get the point (1) for instance when he tried to prevent Christ from going to His death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:22) (2) On the eve of Christ’s crucifixion, he no doubt felt he had failed when he denied Jesus with curses. I can imagine the devil whispering to his ear, “Now you’ve really blown it, you’re finished this time. A failure you’ll be forgotten, replaced.” But by God’s grace, Peter rose from failure to success. He became strong at the broken places. Two of his letters have been recorded for ever in the scriptures.

PRAYER LINE: Father, help me understand that no failure is a failure if it succeeds in driving me to Your side. All things serve me – when I serve You. I am so grateful. Amen. (EDWJ)

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Brokenness can lead to wholeness.

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