18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4:18 – 20
We begin today by looking at something that has caused many to throw in the towel and become discouraged in their journey with the Lord. I’m talking, of course, about the many failures we inevitably come to face along the way.
As we spent some time last week looking at repentance as something that should be viewed in a positive light and not a negative way, many can’t help but feel like complete failures when having to own up to the mistakes they had made, having to repent before the Lord. These feelings have a way of causing us to become extra hard on ourselves – instead of enjoying our relationship with the Lord we become so driven not to make these same mistakes again, that we end up at a place where we seem to no longer enjoy it but see it in the same light as a chore.
How crafty the enemy is and yet our Lord doesn’t hold our failures against us; we do that all too well ourselves.
Anyone who is driven will generally use their failures as fuel in order to achieve their desired goals. While this is a good strategy in life, we have to be mindful that we don’t become so ‘driven’ in our walk with the Lord (driven by these failures) that we end up missing the true purpose of the very nature of our journey with the Lord – our relationship with Him. Simply put: if we are not careful, our driving force behind our failures can become the fatal steps that lead us away from the Lord.
One person that comes to mind, who knew all too well about failing along the journey with the Lord, is Peter. Think back on the many stories you have heard over the years and out of those stories how many times Peter had missed the mark along the way. Yet in all these failures, he still continued his journey with the Lord.
These failures, I believe, weren’t something he must have simply brushed off as each one must have knocked his ego a little harder than the previous one. Yet out of all the disciples, Peter was the one who ended up setting the trend for making a huge difference in the kingdom of God.
Over the next couple of days, we’re going to look at some of his failures and what we can learn from his life in order for us not to miss out on an incredible journey with the Lord, and the plan he has for each one of us. While failures are the very thing we actively try and avoid all throughout life, they always seem to find a way of becoming part of the grand picture, the greater journey, of our lives.
How we handle these failures makes a huge difference. We should, of course, learn from them, but more importantly, we should also learn to let them go so that we can move forward and enjoy our relationship with the Lord.
Dear Lord. As much as I try to be perfect, I know I am not. With your help, please help me learn from my mistakes and not let them discourage me from moving forward. I pray this in Your mighty name Lord Jesus. Amen.