Week 18 – Two sides of one coin

22 It is because of the Lord’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, Because His [tender] compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22 – 23

When you think about it, failure has two sides to it – there’s the failure we cause others from our side and the failure we come to experience from the other person. Both have a definite way of causing us to lose sight of the journey we are on.

Last week we spent a great deal of time looking at our own personal failures we cause from our side on the journey with the Lord, and how we need to learn to move past these moments. As we reflected on these, we would have come to realise that this can be rather difficult at times for us to accept and has caused many to lose sight of what matters – their relationship with the Lord.

While we have a hard time letting go of our own failures, what about the ‘failures’ we come to experience from the Lord’s side in our own lives? Many would frown upon this statement as nothing more than absurd. How can God fail us? The short answer is, He cannot and will never be able to, but this has never stopped many from leaving the faith and quitting the journey they so passionately once began.

Many good men and women have chosen to abandon their walk, as they felt disappointed by what the Lord may or may not have done for them. In short, while they may not use these actual words, they would tell the story of how God had failed them somewhere along the line: a family member they constantly lifted up in prayer for healing ended up getting worse to the point of death, or praying for the Lord to come through for them and it seems that He never did and we ended up on the losing side of things, or not receiving the answer or solution for a problem that seemed rather overwhelming in our lives.

These are some of the real reasons people would turn around and tell you why they have left the faith. When these thoughts sink into the hearts of men and women, it becomes rather difficult for them to accept the Lord and willingly move on.

Disappointment is one of the biggest reasons many leave and never look back. As such, we need to look at the appropriate response from our side when we feel the Lord may have ‘failed’ us in some area.

My friend, the feeling of disappointment can at times be the most overwhelming feelings to deal with. It’s not something we easily bounce back from the very next day. When people are involved, it can take years for us to pick up the pieces and journey alongside them. But when God disappoints us, can we really afford to wait years?

Prayer:

Lord, there are many who have disappointed me along my journey. You are not one of them. Help me come to understand that You are constant and true and will never fail me. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

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