Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, October 1st, 2018
Gotcha's Detours: Failure
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Romans 8:18 (NASB)
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, Who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10 (ESV)
Could failure be slavery and prison? Could it be exclusion from the Promised Land? Could it be a loved one who betrays us? Could it be a past crime we committed? Could it be homelessness and poverty?

Could failure be our own crucifixion? Or losing everything we once held dear?

If so, most Bible heroes were failures. They suffered countless defeats and mistakes: everything a mean world could throw at them... and every mean thing they threw at others.

For God's brightest stars, including Jesus, failure was a trap door Satan opened. Willingly they walked or blindly they fell... into a tortuous pit of despair. But at the perfect moment, God appeared.

What they needed to learn, or do, or show was brilliantly accomplished--for the good.

To his brothers, Joseph put it this way:

'You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives' (Genesis 50:20, NIV).

The Apostle Paul agrees:

'And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose' (Romans 8:28, NASB).

So don't believe in failure. It's not true. Jesus walked out of the tomb, and so will you.

## Gotcha's Detours: Failure (Part 44)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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