We must live in victory in Christ, child of God. However, it is a fact of life that wherever you are in the world, you will” fail” at least once or for some even many times over. No one escapes failure in life, even babies who die and fail to live, once they are born. For a child of God, failure to perform God’s objectives or failure by falling into sin, need not be absence of victory. We can still be victorious over failure if we know that God is in control and that failure is working towards our ultimate good for His glory, drawing us closer to the Lord and His likeness.
How should a child of God handle failures especially when you are away from home and there is no family or home support to help you rise above the failures? God has not promised a bed of roses for children of God because we live in an evil world and also because we need to be perfected to His image. In fact, to make a just child of God perfect, the good Lord often allows adversity including” failure” into His child’s life. When the wicked see all the problems, they presume he is down for the count; they gloat in their apparent success to devour him. But the Lord will raise up the just child of God again, and He will put down the wicked man, forever.
“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” NIV
No matter how many times you trip them up, God-loyal people don’t stay down long; Soon they’re up on their feet, while the wicked end up flat on their faces. (The Message)
This expresses the security of the saint: though he may fall many times , yet no fall is ever permanent, for God raises him up each time, (Job 5:19; Ps. 37:23-24). The child of God is not secure because of anything within himself ; rather he is secure because of God’s faithfulness to His promise to keep the believer, (John 10:28-30; 1 Pet. 1:3-5). But the wicked fall into evil with no promised rescue from even one fall, so that his fall is a permanent calamity. Seven, being the number of completeness, suggests a continual rescue from every fall that comes upon the child of God. What a wonderful and encouraging promise. In salvation we lose what we cannot keep (temporary self life on this earth) in order to gain what we cannot lose (salvation and eternal life in heaven). Grace is the basis of the child of God’s security.
What must the child of God do in the face of failure?
The righteous (by God’s grace) child of God falls, he fails, he sins; but he always repents, corrects his ways, and gets back up. Everyone sins. The believing child of God, still has his old nature along with his new nature, and at times he listens to the old nature, and as a result he sins. But then, the child of God is convicted by the Holy Spirit, repents, and gets back right with God.It is in his new nature of the believing child of God, which causes the child, who sins, who fails and falls, to become convicted of the sin by the Holy Spirit, and to get back up to follow after Christ again. Its a proof of salvation to have the Holy Spirit working thus in the believer’s life. The child of God does not remain in sin but upon conviction runs to the Saviour in repentance and receives forgiveness and reconciliation to rise up and walk in Christ.
The wicked, who God classifies us all before salvation, in our natural state, have promised hell. That is accumulating consequence in this life, the result of unbeliever’s sins, that gain a stronger hold on the unbeliever over time with increasing bad consequence and finally when he dies, without Christ, he will suffer the eternal consequence of the Judgement of God, the consequence of rejecting Christ’s free gift of salvation in this life.
David sinned horribly! He alone was responsible! His enemies even his sons Absalom and Adonijah laid wait against him, . Shimei cursed him publicly for being a bloody man. But the Lord forgave David, raised him up again, and destroyed all his enemies without any mercy. He blessed David to oversee the coronation of Solomon and peace on Israel! David was the man after God’s own heart – the figure of the Lord Jesus Christ; but he had more adversity and setbacks – fell more times – than any other man in the Old Testament. Yet the Lord raised him up again and again, many more times than seven when David confessed his sins and was forgiven! You may read of his great confidence in the Lord (Ps 3:1-8;27:1-14; 46:1-11; 118:1-18).
Daniel’s enemies lay wait against him. They searched for any fault they could find in his professional and personal conduct: they found none. They seduced Darius the king to make a law against Daniel’s God. Daniel broke tha law by continuing to worship his God and was cast to the lions. They celebrated and gloated. But God raised Daniel up again and threw them down in horrific destruction.
Satan, the Jews, the Romans, Herod, and Pilate lay wait against our blessed Lord. They condemned him at law. They crucified Him. They confirmed His death by a centurion. They watched Him get buried. They posted a guard at His tomb. It appeared He had fallen to never recover. They celebrated and gloated together at ridding themselves of this Man, Who had exposed their hypocrisy and destroyed their religious and political sham. But the blessed God “raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (Eph 1:20-21). Satan and his angels are not relishing at all their appointed day of torment!
Let the wicked beware! There is hell to pay for messing with the righteous! Though the just man may fall from time to time, the High King of Heaven will raise him up again!
Let the righteous child of God rejoice! There is no reason to fret or worry, even when you have fallen to adversity or sin. Put your trust in the Lord, for He will lift you up in due time when you run to Him in confession and repentance! Amen!
Ah, child of God! Is there any reason for you to fret or worry about your present circumstances? Do you know of enemies laying wait against you? Possibly gloating over your troubles? If you are walking uprightly, the blessed Lord will deliver you from your afflictions and troubles as surely as he delivered the several examples you just read about. We do not vindicate ourselves, but the Lord does more thoroughly and seriously for us. So remember, if our God is for us, who can be against us even in surprise ”failures”. Let us be strengthened unto all might to be His representative wherever He has placed us.
Response: Father God, let me be courageous and faithful to your cause at all times. Please give me strength and fortitude to face failures in your control, and draw me close to you by confession and repentance with every instance. Let me not view failures as lasting forever, but where I have confessed and repented of my weakness(es) please forgive and grant renewed power by your Holy Spirit, to hold on until help comes to me for your Name’s sake. May even failures that come my way bring glory to Your name. Amen.