How God Views Failure

How God views Failure

Prov 24:16

16                for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.


Ps 37:23-24

23        The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24        Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.


  1.                    Video of guy who flips over a car. 0-22 seconds.


Learn a new definition of failure and success.

God views failure as…

  1. Universal.

Rom 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 John 1:8-9

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

  1. J.M. Barrie, “We are all failures—at least, all the best of us are.”

Rule # 1. You will learn lessons.

Rule #2. There are no mistakes—only lessons

Rule #3. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.

Rule #4. If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.

Rule $5. You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.

Ps 103:13-14

13 As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.

He knows are weaknesses.


  1. As a journey.

3 Jn 1:2

2    Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Prosper  euodoo (yoo-od-o’-o); to help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:

KJV– (have a) prosper (-ous journey).

Success is how you deal with life along the way.


  1. Subjective.

Eccl 7:15-18

15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness. 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise — why destroy yourself? 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool — why die before your time? 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes]. 

  1. Subjective: You are the only person who can really label what you do a failure.
  2. What will history say about you? It is subjective.
  3. Legalism. Not receiving forgiveness. Judas Iscariot.


  1. As a learning tool. Discipline.

NBA coach, Rick Pitino, “Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching I’ve learned from making mistakes.

Football plays.


  1. Reversible.

Texas saying, “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”

“Don’t cry over spilt milk. Clean it up.”

People live wishing they could take back what they did. But they can’t.

David bounced back.

David’s achievements after Bethsheba. Solomon, design temple, raised funds for it. Psalm 18-21 victories, chapter 22 begins with failure. Samson’s greatest achievement after Deliah.


  1. Temporary shame. It is not a permanent tattoo.

I got a pelican tattoo for the VacationBibleSchool zoo trip. It can be erased. Picture of my tattoo.

David Brinkley asked columnist Ann Landers what question she most frequently receives from readers. “What is wrong with me?”

“I am not a failure. I failed at doing something. There’s a big difference.”

Apostle Paul did not allow his past to taint his future. He was bold and called himself an apostle. He didn’t asked to sweep the floors.

Gal 1:23-24

23  They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”

24  And they praised God because of me.

1 Tim 1:15-16

15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners– of whom I am the worst.

16    But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

  1. Old saying, “God uses people who fail—cause there aren’t any other kind around.”


  1. Not Final.

Sergio Zyman is mastermind behind New Coke. He left the company and got rehired because ultimately the action ended up being positive. Coca-Cola Classic.


1 Cor 1:18

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

  1.              The cross. Symbol of defeat is our victory.
  2. Jewish boy went to catholic school. Man nailed on a plus sign.

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