Abraham Lincoln understood the blessing behind failure. Failure, disappointment, and defeat were always present as he struggled to climb the ranks of his political party and unite his divided country. Yet our 16th President said, “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”

As we go about our Christian lives we, too, should expect failures and defeats, sometimes even big ones. Remember, God knew we would fail and be defeated before He saved us. Our shortcomings may have hindered us from advancing before, but now that we’re saved God works through each failure and defeat to help us advance. We stand forgiven through the blood of Christ. Our failure is not final, and He provides the strength to press on.

You may be a youth whose frequent spiritual failures find you discouraged and questioning God’s love. Or you’re frustrated in your role as a parent because of a child who routinely tests your limits. Perhaps as a senior citizen you’re harboring a grudge against someone who failed you years ago.

Failure is not final. God will use it in our lives to accomplish His divine purpose. Commit the matter to Him and press on.

I deserve to be damned; I deserve to be in hell; but God interfered! — John Allen

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.