Devotion

Dust Yourself Down

Do your weaknesses ever make you feel like a failure? That you have let God down?
Well, be encouraged, you are not alone.

All of us at some point in our life have failed someone, or God, or ourselves… And the bible is full of people who failed at some point in their life or ministry.

Let’s look at some examples:

In 2 Samuel 11 we read of the impact of David’s weakness: lust.
David, God’s anointed one, lusted over the wife of Uriah. And something that started with lust then led to adultery, which then led to murder.

In Judges 16, Samson falls for the charms of Delilah and ends up telling her where his strength comes from. As we know from that story his admission ended up with him losing the ability of super strength.

Would you like some further examples?
How about Peter in Luke 22, when he denies Christ?
Peter, the one who said I will never, ever, leave you…

All failed God in different ways, yet God forgave and God restored them.

God said of David ‘he is a man after my own heart’. Samson was given a chance to redeem himself and his strength returned. Peter was the one on whom Jesus said, ‘Peter you are the rock upon which I will build my church.’
Isn’t that encouraging?!

God is a God of second chances.
He understands and He forgives and He restores the years that the locusts have eaten.

If you’re feeling a complete and utter failure in your weakness, worthless and beyond Gods redemption, then think again.

Redemption is an act of grace where God restores us back to himself, where He welcomes us with open arms just like the father in the story of the prodigal son.
We just need to come to God and give Him our weaknesses and our failures and believe His word which says, ‘…my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…’ (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

What an amazing God we have. A God who loves us beyond human comprehension!

God is willing to accept people regardless of what they have done or how much they have failed and messed up their lives.
God redeems His people.
So get up and dust yourself down and believe in yourself, because God does.

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