So you screwed up…now what do you do? Whether it be tests or a friendship or even something as trivial as forgetting you pencil bag at home, we’ve all screwed up. And sometimes these screw ups leave us with a sinking feeling that makes us want to scream and cry and yell all at the same time. The pressure to measure up to the rest of the world can sometimes be a paralyzing thing. But aside from dealing with the mess of failure in a worldly way, have you put much thought into how you deal with it spiritually?
We know that God is always there and that He is mightier than the world around us and all it brings, but rarely do we stop and actually appreciate this. We glaze over it because it’s “common knowledge” to Christians, but sometimes it’s the most simple things we learn as Christians that are the most important.
As John 16:33 tells us, God (through the use of His holy son, Jesus) has overcome the world. This means that the power of God is far greater than the anger and frustration and sorrow of the world.
Messing up is a basic part of life, it’s going to happen no matter how hard you try to perfect your every move. The problem isn’t the fact that we made a mistake, rather it’s the way we deal with the aftermath. Think to yourself. Is your first instinct to run to worldly things or to react with unchecked emotion, or even to criticize yourself when you’ve screwed up? Or do you run to God and take solace in His wisdom?
The emotions we experience when we know we have messed up are natural, but when we allow them to control our lives and tear us down, that’s when we have made a true mistake. I find that praying and even sitting down and looking through a few verses when I feel that I’ve failed helps me deal with the emotions and feeling of disappointment. Here is a list of some verses that I feel embody the subject of this devotional, and remind us all that God is always with us:
- Proverbs 18:10
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Isaiah 41:10
- Psalm 46:1-3
- Psalm 16:8
- 1 Peter 5:7
- Psalm 120:1
- John 16:33
Cast your anxiety upon the Lord (as 1 Peter 5:7 says) and He will surround you with His love. I hope you enjoyed this post and have a happy rest of your week! -Jordan