Our problem isn't that we've failed. Our problem is that we haven't failed enough. We haven't been brought low enough to learn what God wants us to learn....
Remember one of the songs from the 70s we used to sing again and again? It mentioned how we learned to trust in Jesus and to trust in God by going "through it all." Not around it.
Through it all.
That's the ticket. Through the victories and the failures.... Through the brilliant days of accomplishment and the broken days.... Through the heady days of laughter and success and those nameless intervals of setback and blank despair.
Through it all, He is with us, leading us, teaching us, humbling us, preparing us.
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.