Meeting Jesus at the Point of our Failure

Matthew Little, NBBI President

Who hasn’t failed in life? Is failure not a common thread that weaves through all humanity. Every person has had to, at times, pick themselves up, dust themselves off, look into the mirror and face the naked truth that they blew it.

God knows that our hearts of sin (Jeremiah 17:9) will result in much failure when it comes to the actions in our lives. Psalm 103:14 says, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” The Lord knows our limitations better than we do. He knows that we are prone to fail, falter and fall.

What failures lurk over your life? What great fall has wounded you, dimmed the light in your life and robbed you of joy? Is there a sin that has marred the beautiful reflection of Jesus in you and left you empty and broken?

In Luke 5, Jesus met Peter at the point of Peter’s failure. This seasoned fisherman had “toiled” all night and caught nothing. He was a professional fisherman and yet he had failed. But then Jesus invited Peter to “launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.” (Luke 5:4). Peter did as Jesus commanded him and the draught of fishes was so large that they filled two boats to capacity.

Isn’t it fascinating that Jesus took Peter back to the very place of his failure. There is nobody that knows how to help you at the point of failure like Jesus. He can take you to the place where your efforts had left you with empty nets and a discouraged life. There at that place of defeat, He will show you what can happen when you give possession of that failure to Jesus. We will learn that where the limitations of man ends, the omnipotent power of Christ begins.

Luke 5:8 says, “When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from Me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” When the Lord brought Peter back to the place of his failure and Peter handed that failure to Jesus then Peter’s understanding of the Lord was deepened and his commitment to Him was strengthened.

What failure has left you with empty nets and a broken heart. Allow Jesus to take you to the point of your failure so that He can take the emptiness and fill your life with His grace and power.

Post by: Matthew Little, NBBI President

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