Pastor Wayne Brown invites us in this season of Lent to examine and embrace our failure with the confidence that God will restore us. Jesus encouraged Peter by letting him know that he would recover from his failure and become a source of strength for others close to him. How can we use our journey through the desert to bring hope to others?
“It was in captivity that the Lord opened up my awareness of my lack of faith. Even though it came about late, I recognised my failings. So I turned with all my heart to the Lord my God, and he looked down on my lowliness and had mercy on my youthful ignorance. He guarded me before I knew him, and before I came to wisdom and could distinguish between good and evil. He protected me and consoled me as a father does for his son. That is why I cannot be silent – nor would it be good to do so – about such great blessings and such a gift that the Lord so kindly bestowed in the land of my captivity. This is how we can repay such blessings, when our lives change and we come to know God, to praise and bear witness to his great wonders before every nation under heaven.”
Reflection & Practice
Reflect on a moment or season in your life that has felt like a failure. Consider that Jesus himself has prayed for this season in your life, knows your pain, and offers his strength and presence to you. How can we see things from God’s perspective, having certain faith that he offers us grace for our failure? How can we share this new perspective to encourage others in their journey with God?
Awake My Soul
In Feast Or Fallow
How Deep The Father's Love
Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go