When Failure Isn’t Failure

Read: Philippians 1:8-18

“The things which happened to me have actually turned for the furtherance of the gospel”. – Philippians 1:12

Twice the great British statesman, Winston Churchill failed to win an elected office during the early 1920s. He had little political influence all through the 1930s. But he kept developing his talents, and in 1940 he became Prime Minister of England. Today he is acclaimed as a great hero.

The apostle Paul planned to go to Rome to preach the gospel as a free man, but he was taken there as a prisoner instead. I looked as if he had failed to achieve his noble ambition. In his place of confinement, however, he witnessed with such determination that all the palace guard heard the gospel, and from his prison he wrote some of his outstanding epistles. That’s why he could write to the Christians in Philippi that everything had turned out for the advancement of the gospel.

When our carefully laid plans fizzle, it’s time to analyse our failure and take appropriate action. If we discover that we blundered, we can correct our mistakes. If we trace our seeming lack of success to circumstances beyond our control we can ask God to teach us what He wants us to learn and trust Him to bring good out of our disappointments. A failure then becomes a stepping stone to success. – HVL

Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of clouds of doubt,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit. – Anon


Taken from Our Daily Bread.