There is never a day when I don’t have a teaching moment in parenthood. This morning in the school gymnasium, I watched my child sit in the school gymnasium feeling defeated during the second grade awards ceremony. He didn’t receive an award. After the ceremony was over, I walked up to him, sat down and embraced him through his tears. I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. Moments when we put our heart into something and it just doesn’t work out the way we planned. Whether it is school, making the team, or training, we all experience failure from time to time. There are even sometimes when we even feel like we’ve failed God. The Bible teaches us a little bit about failure, and helps us remember that God is with us all the way through it.
We have to remember that no one is perfect. We have all failed one time or another. Even in our faith. Thankfully God understands and prepares us for failure in Proverbs 24:16 which says, “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.”
God knows that we are going to fail sometimes and He stands by us to help us get back on our feet. Is it easy to accept failure? Absolutely not. Whether you are eight years old or thirty-eight, didn’t receive an award or make your best PR, failure can make us feel terrible. Yet, God is there to help us work through our anger and disappointment. Psalm 40:2-3 says, “and pulled me from a lonely pit of mud and mire. You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the Lord God.”
Even though God helps us get back up doesn’t mean that we dwell on our failures or fail again. He wants us to realize our shortcomings and work hard to better ourselves. Sometimes that means doing something else we know we can do better. Sometimes it means more practice and training harder. Other times it means being patient for things to work themselves out. Jeremiah 8:4-5 says this ” The LORD said, People of Jerusalem, when you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back. So why do you refuse to come back to me? Why do you hold so tightly to your false gods?”
I hope you find encouragement in these words or help someone else who needs encouragement to get back up and try again. I’m encouraged just knowing that God is right beside us to help us up when we fall and helps us to try again.