"And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
(Joshua 7:6 KJV)
Read Joshua 7:6-15.
Our Awesome God tells us in His Holy Bible about humans and their failures or setbacks. He wants us to learn from the mistakes of others and to realize we will not win often when God isn't helping us. Are we sure He wasn't helping us every time we won even if our purpose wasn't right?
Failures happened to these Biblical characters:
* When Abraham should have stayed in the land and trusted the Lord, he fled to Egypt because of the drought (Genesis 12:10).
* Moses, in trying to help his people, ran ahead of the Lord and killed the Egyptian (Exodus 2:11-12).
* When David should have been on the field of battle, he stayed home and committed adultery (2 Samuel 11).
* Peter, in spite of his self-confidence and his great boast, denied the Lord (Matthew 26:69-75).
These are all failures that are found in the Bible because, if we live and really do anything, we will fail at some time in our lives. God wants us to know and be able to handle failures as well as successes, and to know where success comes from. We need to understand that failures come when we do something in our own strength and that we should include God's instruction to make our next try a success. Was Our Awesome God consulted in any of the above incidents?
There are many causes for failure. Some are the product of specific acts of sin, but some are not. Some are simply the product of ignorance or of circumstances beyond our control like a drop in the stock market or extreme weather conditions (drought, floods, wars). But we need to pray before and in the aftermath of a failure and wait for His answer.
Once Our Awesome God (or our Lord) reveals the answer and what we should do, our prayer request is ended. We accept His answer and immediately obey Him. This obedience may include asking the Lord and others for forgiveness or to include other specific details but if God said it, do it. Now a failure can start things going for God's glory and your learning more about Our Awesome God.
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV). Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour and there is AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. Wednesday service is at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill