“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16 KJV).
All men fall at one time; the great ones get back up, and get right back on track. There are times we fall short of our own expectations of ourselves, when we mess up badly. And there are other times we fail and get things wrong with our work, marriages, ministry, and others. But what should we do when such unwelcomed failures get in the way of our much delighted success? Get up, and do it again!
This was a lesson the Almighty God taught Jeremiah when He took him to a potter’s house (Jeremiah 18:1-6). Down at the potter’s house, he saw the potter make a vessel of clay; but as he made his work on the wheels, the vessel was marred right in his hand. “So he made it again another vessel, as seemed good…” (Jeremiah 18:4 KJV).
God taught Jeremiah that the failure of the children of Judah to obey His word, which had brought an impending desolation, was not the end for them; and that, they could repent and start all over with Him. He said he would make of them an excellent vessel though they had been marred by their rebellion against Him. God taught that, failure isn’t the end. One has to rise up from a fall and try to work things out again. Never to give up!
God never gives up. He never gave up on man when he fell in the Garden of Eden. Man’s disobedience was a great treason. It had handed over power and dominion to Satan, the Devil, and had brought Death into the World. God was greatly hurt but never gave up His love for mankind whom He had created in His image, and after His likeness. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
He crafted another plan to get man back, and to restore eternal life to all who come to Him. This He did perfectly through His Beloved Son Jesus Christ, through death on a cross which was the ultimate sacrifice to overcome the Devil and Death. You see, God, your Heavenly Father, doesn’t give up!
When the World became exceedingly evil and ungodly in the days of Noah, He destroyed everything and begun the race again with Noah and his family, and all the animals that were in the ark. And here we are today, over 6 billion people! Never let past failures get you down. Get up and do it again! Just us your Heavenly Father did when man fell from grace.
In our days, He sees a messed up world, far from the one He created in the beginning, and He’s promised to do it again. Yes! He is making a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelt righteousness (2 Peter 3:13). Pain, cry and tears, death and its sorrow will be no more in the New World to come (Revelation 21:1-4).
Our present world is perishing and will perish for good. Check out there! What do you find? Tsunamis, earthquakes, flooding, global warming, and others; all of these should send a clear message to the inhabitants of our present Earth: it is perishing and “waxing old as a garment” (Hebrews 1:10-12).
Our present world is messed up so He is on to it again, making a new one. He never gives up, and so should you! He says, let’s do it again if the old one gets marred. As the potter made another vessel as seemed good, so will the new be.
When resolved to redo, consider checking your foundation to enhance your chance of success with the new. The foundation on which every building stands is not readily evident to all. It is subterranean but is crucial to the longevity of the superstructure of the building. A building is as strong as its foundation. Rebuild your failed marriage, business, ministry, or other venture on the right foundation.
Do it again, grounded on the right values and principles. Never compromise the stability of your foundations. The Psalmist said: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). The effect of a faulty foundation on the superstructure of a building can never go unnoticed when tested later as the years go by.
“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” (Matthew 7:27 KJV). Note that, every building is tested as the years go by. And certainly, yours will be tested: your marriage, business, ministry, and so on, and your success with a “redo” will be dependent on the strength of your foundation. Build on tried and tested values and principles. Build on the foundation of God’s Word. That’s a solid ground to succeed when you do it over again (Matthew 7:24-25).
Learn from your past failures. There are great lessons to be learnt from every failed attempt. Have time for self introspection. An unexamined life is not worth living. The Apostle Paul said, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” (2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV). Learn from your mistakes and commit not to repeat them in your “REDO”. Use the failure as a stepping stone to reach higher heights.
Focus on your ultimate goal, your envisioned success, and never look back (Hebrews 12:2). Don’t be side-tracked by the past. The Past is past, and belongs to the past! Focus on the present and the envisioned future. The most successful apostle of his time, Paul, intimated:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3: 13-14)
Forget your past failures, visualize a future success, and get motivated! You’re not the first, and the only one, to have failed a paper, had a broken marriage, or business venture. You’re never a failure till you give up and quit trying!
Two of Christ Jesus’ disciples betrayed him: One wept for his failure to stand when it was needed, and rose up from his fall to move on, and later became the first leader of the first church; Peter, it was (Matthew 26:75). However, the other, Judas Iscariot wept for his betrayal but made his failure drag him down, to hang himself and to perish without seeking true repentance (Matthew 27:3-5).
Fail or got things messed up? Just do it again! You’re not the first to “REDO”, your Heavenly Father was, when man sinned against Him and destroyed the perfect world He had created. He is by your side to see you through (Isaiah 43:2), and to help you to succeed to bring Him glory and pleasure.