Original blog August 4, 2019. In addition to learning from failure, we can also learn from adversity. The question is, will we. What are we learning during this challenging season of COVID-19? It certainly has posed a lot of challenges, and we have also seen our share of failures. A line from the movie Apollo 13 states, “failure is not an option.” Failure and adversity often are not options we choose. But we do have the option to learn from them.
My Musings – This was a familiar pattern in the Old Testament. God delivers the promised land into the hands of the Israelites. They get complacent and fall into sin. God brings judgment through their enemies. The Israelites call out to the Lord. He provides a deliverer (called a Judge). And the cycle starts all over again, and again and again. They seem to never have learned from their failings.
Are we any different? Are there cycles of failure that we repeat time and again, never seeming to learn from prior experiences? Of course it is better to not fall into sin in the first place. But when we do, once we are delivered and restored (following confession and repentance), we should learn from the past failure and be on guard lest we repeat it in the future.
Of course, not all failures are the result of sin. “Failure in…
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