May 29 When You Have Failed

scripture reading: Psalm 51
key verses: Psalm 51:16–17

You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

You failed. The tempter played his seductive tune, and you danced. For the first time, the third time, the “I don’t know how many” times, you failed.

Now what? Do you cower before God, run from Him? Do you drown in your guilt, sink in your sadness, nosedive into mediocrity?

While the Father’s desire is resistance to and victory over temptation, He provides a way of escape even when you capitulate. He meets and deals with your failure through forgiveness and mercy. The remedy of the Cross is still effective for a believer who drinks the poison of temptation.

Moses failed. David failed. Peter failed. On numerous occasions the people and leaders of Israel erred.

But the love and grace of God remain greater than any believer’s failure. Christ’s sacrificial death paid your sin debt in full, removing your guilt, and His resurrection grants you His unceasing hope and power.

Confess your sin. Acknowledge that you have grieved God. Humbly and penitently receive His forgiveness. Learn about your weakness and His provision. Cling to His stubborn love that will never forsake you. Do not give up the fight. God is with you and for you, never against you.

Your grace is greater than my failure. You are for me, and never against me. Thank You, Lord![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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