Are we allowed to talk about Failure and God as Christian? I feel like this topic is a bit taboo. God is good, God is great and that is where we are supposed to focus. But what happens when God fails you? Or what do you say when you fail God? Do we hide the hard parts and live a fake Christian life to the world? Today we will find Advice to Be Still and Not Fear facing Failure and God, head first.
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1 Chronicles 28:20 Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.
The Context of 1 Chronicles 28:20
David the giant-slaying shepherd turned King wants to build a Temple for God. God says No. In typical David fashion, we see a man after God’s own heart who commits to being still in God’s presence until God reveals the next step. Oh, how I wish I were more like David in that regard.
Things to Know in the context of 1 Chronicles 29:20
- Isreal had been at war since taking possession of the Promised Land.
- Isreal is settled, homes built, King’s palace built but God doesn’t have a Temple.
- The Ark of the Covenant had been in a tent.
- Solomon is not David’s oldest son.
- David’s children are a testament to many failures.
- Solomon is the son of Bathsheba -more of David’s failures.
- Solomon would have seen the hand of God many times and seen failure
Observations from 1 Chronicles 28:20
Things that felt like God had failed me.
Where was God through the hard times in life? Surely He left me during those times or failed to rescue me.
Truth: God will never fail youI know hard things happen in life (I know it personally) but just because life has been hard does not mean God failed. The truth is we live in such a sin-filled world that bad things happen to good people every day. Click To Tweet
But God is with you even though the bad things. He is holding onto you, strengthening you to endure it, and growing your faith.
My idea of failure is not the same as God’s idea of failure
Or, my idea of success in life is not the same as God’s. I imagine a pain free, drama free, comfortable life as a successful life. God says big faith and growth for the Kingdom of God as a successful life. Those things come through trial and persecution.
But God never fails
Solomon was young when he was thrust into God’s plan to build the Temple. He was not expected to succeed his father as he was not the oldest. Unprepared and unsuspecting he would have been afraid of this new responsibility.
David was a great King of Isreal, a man after God’s own heart. Those are big shoes to fill. Not to mention all the failure there and all the hardship he saw firsthand. Can you imagine the anxiety?
I love that God speaks to those very real fears in Solomon without reprimand!
Application of 1 Chronicles 28:20
Do you have a personal relationship with God yet?
Solomon doesn’t have that relationship with God yet. We see it in the phrase “The Lord God, My God, is with you”. David’s God but not yet Solomon’s God. Don’t worry though, God will make this change soon by speaking directly with Solomon.
If you don’t have a real relationship with God it is impossible to Be still and not Fear when big things come your way.
What does it mean to have a real and personal relationship with God?
It’s not about going to church every Sunday (or maybe just Easter and Christmas). This is not about how much you read the bible or pray (though those things help build that relationship). A real relationship with God is about you and God. Has there been a time you met with God, talked with God, accepted His love and forgiveness for your sins, and gave Him the right to be the Boss of your life?
That is where a relationship with God begins. It’s not about fire insurance (fear of going to Hell when you die, and it’s not about following all the rules, and it doesn’t happen because your mom believed or you any other relative. God is relationship driven and loves you. He wants to have all of your heart.
But I failed God so many times…
Stop right now and Google “stories of failure in the Bible” (Here’s one to get you started.) That book is filled with the most messed up stories. Character after character failing god but listen, God uses failures to inspire others to be real and let God in!I can't tell you how many times God tested me and I failed. Failure in life is not the end of the story because we learn from failure and overcome fear as we grow our faith in God! Click To Tweet
So start that relationship, failures and all – Today is the Day
Final Thoughts on 1 Chronicles 28:20
God says I will never leave you or Fail you
As we wrestle with the idea of God failing you it is important that we remember God’s idea of Failure is not ours.
How does God see failure?
Look at all the stories of people’s lives in the Bible and you will see that God is with each of them even when they fail. (More on that here)
They all turn
See God’s promises never fail verse after verse and know that God can’t lie.I love the quote, God is within her she will not fail. It is saying that God will use even my idea of failure to bring Victory. We are more than conquers and that is because of Christ in us! Click To Tweet
A Prayer prayer when you have failed or believe God failed you
I confess that I struggle to see victory and failure through your eyes. My mind sees this world and has a hard time thinking of Your Kingdom first. Forgive me for thinking so small. Open my eyes to see things the way You see them. Give me the courage to be as real about my failures as I am about my victories.
Teach me to give you the Glory when you turn failure into Victory so others can be inspired and grow in their faith as well. You have never failed me. I confess sit now. Even in the seasons of hopeless fear as abuse and betrayal came I know you were with me. Lord, You are with me now. I surrender control of this life to You. Have Your own way Lord and be glorified.