Today’s Reading: Luke 22:54-23:12 (additional reading: Psalm 95:1-96:13 & Proverbs 14:5-6)
Do you realize that although there are winners at the Olympic games every four years, 90% of the best athletes in the world did not win a medal. Like them, many of us try, but never win. Work has not become what we had hoped. Things do not turn out as we were led to believe. Marriages begun in hope have ended in tears. Our children are a constant concern despite our hopes for them. Politicians disappoint us. Friendships are betrayed. Prayers do not seem to be answered. Even those things that we do manage to achieve often disappoint us. The sense of failure is never far from the surface.
The Bible records many failures because it records life as it is. The Bible is about real people. Some of the biblical failures are today only remembered for their successes, but before there was success, there was failure. One such story is before us today in the story of Peter’s fall.
One of the first points we see is we must recognize that everyone fails. (v. 60) Nobody is perfect and everyone fails. Honestly face defeat and realize that just because you fail at one thing does not make you a failure.
Peter was absolutely confident of his loyalty
and strength. He was absolutely sure that he would never fail Jesus on a point of loyalty and courage. But as Peter is nearing the finish line he falters. Three times he denies Jesus before a few nameless people of no particular significance. At the moment we least suspect, Peter flounders. Peter had failed! Peter failed to tell the truth. He failed to keep his promise. He failed in his loyalty to Jesus.
Yet, no matter how you have failed, no matter what sin you have allowed into your life, the Saviour who died for you still loves you. The story of Christianity is the story of failed men and women who found new futures.
We must never use failure as an excuse for not trying again. Proverbs 24:16 reminds us, ‘For though a righteous man may fall seven times he rises again.” Everyone fails what we need to remember is that we do not have to stay down. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall.” – Oliver Goldsmith
You may not be able to reclaim the loss, undo the damage, or reverse the consequences, but you can make a new start—wiser, more sensitive, renewed by the Holy spirit, and more determined to do right.