Failure Does Not Disqualify Me


If failure disqualified us from God’s love and purposes, the Bible would be a much thinner book.

For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. (Psalm 25:11)

All across the world there are countless people who feel disqualified from knowing God’s blessing or from ever being used by God again. The reason? At some point in their past they "messed up." Perhaps they experienced some moral failure, or their family life fell apart, or they made serious errors at work, or they got into trouble with the authorities. Whatever it was, they have lived under the shadow of it ever since, feeling disqualified from being useful to God and walking around as a "second-rate" Christian.

If this is you, we’ve got good news for you: failure does not disqualify me! If failure disqualified us from God’s love and purposes, the Bible would be a much thinner book. But in fact it’s a very big book, with lots of stories of people who ought to have been disqualified, but who discovered they weren’t. People like King David, who failed on countless occasions, as a husband, father and king. And these failures were big! His failure to deal with his sexual appetites led to deception and conspiracy to murder, while his failure to deal with his sons led to endless family problems and civil war. So why did David find new hope while Saul, whom he replaced, never did?

The answer is simple: Saul blamed others, whereas David took responsibility for his actions and confessed his sin. He was truly a "man after God’s heart" (1 Samuel 13:14) who kept his heart tender toward God. And that’s the sort of person who discovers that failure does not disqualify us – providing we handle the failure properly.

If you feel disqualified because of something in your past, today can be the day that this disqualification can end! Stop believing the lie of the devil, and start believing the truth of God. Remember that with God, your failure need never disqualify you – providing you will "come clean," face those you need to, and embrace whatever process is appropriate. Do so and, like David, you too will discover that failure does not disqualify me.

Although our sins testify against us, O Lord, do something for the sake of your name. For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you. (Jeremiah 14:7)

Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont

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