Habakkuk 3:17-18 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
Failure is the opportunity God provides us to change direction and move into a further unfolding of His eternal plan for our lives. Failing at something is not always a bad thing. Failure causes us to look at our actions, reconsider or review our choices and circumstances that led to the day at hand. Failure helps us learn and is also necessary for us to grow forward, away from the past.
When we move away from the failure we are free to begin again. We are free to apply different ideas, abilities and other tools to the future in ways that are new. We experiment with new ideas, practices and locations as we strive to find a new direction or new results in our endeavor. Thomas Edison once said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
In some ways, failure is a gift of God’s grace toward us. It is a gift for all of life, both failure and success, is a gift from Him. The closing of one activity, relationship or idea is the end God intended for our life journey. Thank you Jesus for not allowing us to travel or accomplish what you did not want for us.
Life’s calling is best discerned and most clarified when failure happens. Events are forced upon us for a new direction and for change. The creative nature God has instilled in the hearts of man-kind is best released for new creativity when failure occurs. The past is stopped and a new direction is found and creativity is exercised on a whole new playing field.
God created diversity in creation and maintains it to this day. One may fail at an activity while a similarly equipped individual succeeds. Is the one person necessarily more deficient than the other? Do we blame it on intellect, ability, education or other human measures? It is better to see it as God’s decision that equally able and gifted people are not equally destined by Him to that same vocation or activity.