Saturday, October 1st, 2016
Suffering (Part 5)
Failure: Adam & Eve
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:21-22 (NKJV)
In the Bible's history of the world, nobody failed worse than Adam and Eve. Compared to now, their sin seems trivial. How could one small bite harm generations?
If one loose rock can cause an avalanche, if one bad apple can spoil a barrel, if one evil man can start World War II, if one dance with drugs can cripple a life, then one heart in agreement with Satan can cause cascading confusion in men.
I am guessing most devotion readers have either lived or seen how one wrong move can begin a catastrophic downfall, where bright futures seemed irretrievable.
But God reveals success beyond failure. This promise permeates heaven and earth, for those who persevere and do not quit.
Both Jim Carrey and Jerry Seinfeld were booed off early stages. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Oprah's first producer fired her and called her 'unfit for television.' Harrison Ford was told he 'didn't have what it takes to be a star.' Before Microsoft, Bill Gates failed in his first startup business. Henry Ford declared bankruptcy twice. Thomas Edison was fired from his first two jobs, hearing the words: 'you're too stupid to learn anything.' Walt Disney was fired by an editor who said he 'lacked imagination.' R.H. Macy endured 7 failed businesses before opening Macy's. Winston Churchill struggled in school and failed the 6th grade. Stephen Spielberg was rejected 3 times from UCLA's theatre program. The manager of the Grand Ole Opry told Elvis he should 'go back to driving trucks.' *
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If Adam and Eve's choice brought failure, Success would return through their son, Seth.** So they didn't quit. Nor did God's love. If Jesus lost His Life on a Cross, He won It back and included ours.
Don't forget: Failure is victory waiting to happen... if you push through. 'Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him' (James 1:12). In this truth, the world agrees with God.
To Be Continued...
* Fun article: 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed At First, http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/02/16/50-famously-successful-people-who-failed-at-first/
* Fun article: 29 famous people who failed before they succeeded, http://www.businessinsider.com/successful-people-who-failed-at-first-2015-7/#lt-disney-was-fired-from-the-kansas-city-star-because-his-editor-felt-he-lacked-imagination-and-had-no-good-ideas-1
* Fun article: 12 Famous People Who Failed Before Succeeding, https://www.wanderlustworker.com/12-famous-people-who-failed-before-succeeding/
** Short article: The Holy Bloodline of Seth, http://www.thenazareneway.com/genealogy_of_jesus.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.