Thursday, 4 June 2020

When You Feel That You've Failed

#872: Ever felt that you've let the LORD down? Ever wondered if you've stretched His grace too far? If you, like me, have been in that place you will also know that God is much bigger than your problems and that not only is He is in the redemption business, He also is the greatest when it comes to our spiritual repair and recovery. We read:

"Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away - for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. “But go, tell His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you." (Mark 16:1-7)

Imagine how Peter was feeling. He had denied His Lord three times after swearing he would stand by Him and had fled in tears from the scene. But God did not condemn him. God knew the full facts. God knew Peter's heart and how he felt. In the scripture quoted above, we find that the "young man" - doubtless an angel of the LORD - tells the first witnesses of the Resurrection to go into Galilee where they will see the risen LORD Jesus Christ. But did you notice that Peter is singled out and given a special, separate mention aside from the disciples almost as if to reassure him that he is still in the LORD's plans even though he had denied Him thrice. This truth alone should comfort those believers who slip up, stumble and henceforth feel that they have blown it big time.

I never cease to be amazed what new treasures are revealed in the Word of God, even with scriptures that have been read on many occasions and with which we are so very familiar. I pray that this word of encouragement finds those in search of it and in need of it.

God bless you ... KJS ... 4th June 2020

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