Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 “The Blessing of Failure”

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2nd Corinthians 12:9)

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

It was the bloodiest battle of the war. Thousands on each side of the conflict were killed or wounded. The roar of the cannons and gunfire was so loud that some fifty miles to the south in Baltimore, Maryland, the sound of  it rolled like thunder. It was the turning point of the great war between the states, that which we call the “Civil War.” More Americans perished on the battlefield as a result of that three-day conflict than at any other time or in any other war…there in the town of Gettysburg. I visited the site of that conflict many times as a child, for it is my mother’s home town. Back then, it was fun to see all the monuments and play on the cannons. My brother and I liked climbing on the rocks of “Devil’s Den” which, at the time of the war, was a hiding place for snipers.  As we visited there this trip, though, my thoughts were more on the immensity of that great conflagration and what must have been going on in the minds of those leading these brave young men into this inferno. Commanding the Confederate troops was one of the greatest generals this country had ever produced, a very godly man who himself abhorred slavery, yet led and fought valiantly for the Confederate cause…General Robert E. Lee. As he surveyed this siege and the cost of human lives, his heart ached. Months later, the Confederate cause lost, he signed the treaty at Appomattox Courthouse that officially brought an end to this country’s deadliest war. He later observed,

“We failed, but in the providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.”

Lee and his troops lost the war, but Lee never lost his faith in God. He was of the belief, as was the apostle Paul, that “all things work together for good for those that love the Lord.” What to some may have appeared as weakness, Robert E. Lee took to be God’s divine plan unfolding, even in a time of personal defeat. The victory of the Union army led to the abolition of slavery in this nation. What can we learn from this? Personal failure, though never pleasant, may, in fact, prove to be for our ultimate blessing. God’s plans for us are always for our benefit, and for the greater benefit of those around those who believe and honor him. Robert E. Lee’s faith was not shaken by defeat, for he built his life on a firm foundation and understood that the Lord he served had not abandoned him, but was with him, and this nation, even in the throws of battle…win or lose. When some failure comes into your life, don’t give up on God. Inventor Thomas Edison failed many times before successfully inventing the light bulb. He regarded every failed effort as a gain in knowledge, for he knew things others inventors did not know…he knew what didn’t work! So he pressed on to success. God’s power is manifest in our weakness. Trust in Him. Turn to Him in prayer each day. Experience his blessing in your weakness. Let’s pray!

Holy Lord God; The old hymn says “we must never be discouraged…take it to the Lord in prayer.” I come to you in prayer this day. There have been times, I confess, that I felt let down by You because of some failure. Teach me to understand that you have never failed, Lord, and never will. In my weakness, may your glory become more evident. This I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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