Hour of Power New Zealand

Failure is Part of Success

“And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’”

– Matthew 14:32

Did you know that failure is good for you? We’ve been talking about Peter walking on the water to meet Jesus and how taking his eyes off of the Lord caused him to temporarily sink. Although it was terrifying, it was an experience that helped him to grow.

As a culture, especially in the church, we are afraid to not be perfect. However, the truth is that we have to fail a hundred times before we succeed even once. It’s not good to go through life super-safe and never fall down because we didn’t try anything. God is the kind of Father who challenges us; He makes us do things that are super-stretching and often uncomfortable. He won’t traumatize us, but He will take us to our limits. If you’ve been a believer for a long time, you know this to be true, but you also know that Jesus will get you through. He will help you up and carry you safely to the other side, time and time again.

Life in the Kingdom of God is about doing things for God, not about not doing things. Don’t live the safe life. Take Jesus at His Word, step out on the water, and gain more faith than you ever thought possible. His Hand is always outstretched and He will meet you right at the moment you think you’re going to fall. He is forever faithful!

Prayer


Jesus, thank you for stretching me to a place of greater faith through challenges. I trust you to deliver me as I come to you in the midst of my storm.

Reflection


Do you recall a time in your life when you stepped out of the boat and Jesus rescued you just as you were about to sink? If so, how did that experience build your faith? If not, are you ready to get out of the boat today?

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