Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Yesterday we looked at some causes of failure. Today let’s see how to turn those failures into successes.
Luke 5:1,4-6 “One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”
Everyone who tries to serve the Lord will incur failures from time to time. This is all a part of learning and growing in your walk with God. An old Arab parable says, “All sunshine and no rain make a desert.”
There are certain steps that need to be taken when faced with failure:
1. Invite Jesus into the situation. As a fisherman, Peter knew that deeper water at night was the worst possible plan to catch fish, but he wanted to follow the Lord’s guidance in this situation.
2. Admit that your efforts have failed. There will be times when it seems like you have tried so hard but come up empty handed. In those moments you must realize that the things done in your own strength fail in comparison to following the Lord’s leadership.
3. Obey whatever Jesus tells you to do. It went against all reason for the men to go out into the deep water and fish, but they did it anyway.
4. Expect Jesus to turn things around. They caught more fish than they could bring into the boat. The Lord shines brightest in the darkest situations.
Q4U: God is calling. He’s waiting for you to talk to Him about failing.