The Fine Art of Failure: Week 3 - Day 1

Opening Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, teach me your thoughts and ways, so that how I act and what I say blesses others and brings you glory.

 

Read: Genesis 6:5 NIV

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

 

Reflect: 

Reading through the Old Testament makes a person realize that mankind has not changed in the thousands of years since it was written.  This recent sermon series in Judges has amplified this fact.  People are still creating messes and God is still rescuing us.  Today’s Scripture helps point this out.  God had created the perfect paradise for man to live in.  Man could not leave well enough alone and just relax, obey God, and enjoy it.  No, he took matters into his own hands and tried to fine tune it on his own power.  The result was the mess that was created by the time of Noah.  It had gotten so bad God regretted He had made human beings.

 The rest of this Scripture shows how he responded initially to the mess that man had created.

“I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground”  NIV Gen 6:7

But God did not stop there, He realized there was a remnant of godly people and resolved to save them.  He would begin over with that root—Noah and His family.

 As we realize from this Scripture and the study of Judges, God is patient and kind to pull us out of our messes. It may not be to our liking but we will be safe. That does not mean there are no consequences from the messes we make.  In this Scripture a flood followed. In the book of Judges, the Israelites spent time under captivity each time they forgot God and went their own way.  We must remember that when we create our own messes there will be consequences that result, even when God pulls us out of it.  Like any wound, scars remain.  We need to be thankful that he is still patient and kind.

 

Apply:  

As we go through this week and look at the messy world we live in, we should not be frustrated.  We need to realize that God is in control (sovereign) and nothing happens that does not pass through his hands. We need to turn our concerns over to him and let him work it through as he has always done.

 

 Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see where I am guilty of contributing to the messes in this world, forgive me and help me be part of the faithful remnant that obeys you.

Terry Schneider