The taunting lie of the enemy is that we have failed at something. Here are two great verses to memorize. Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
Did Peter fail? In Luke 22:31 Jesus told Peter that satan, “…asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.” Now read Jesus’ reassuring words. Verse 32 says, “But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
Does the Lord Jesus pray for us? Hebrews 12:2 says, “…and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” We need to tuck Romans 8:27 in our heart. It says, “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
We have multiple verses about the will of God. Ephesians 1:11 says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
Ephesians 5:17 says, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Here is another verse about His will. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Do you understand His will better with that verse?
I know that when I was in my High School years, the question often rose up in our discussions. Did you ever wonder what God’s will was for your life? I did. It was like a mystery in those days. Yet, it is very plain through Scripture if we will just look for it.
Jesus followed the will of His Father. John 6:38 says, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” I love verse 39. It says, “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.”
Verse 40 is like it but we can apply it directly to our own lives. It says, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise Him up at the last day.”
Our promise is in the gospel. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says, “…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”
1 Peter 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
How can we fail? We are made in His image. It is impossible for God to fail! Neither do we fail. To fail means: inability to meet an expectation. An expectation is based on something that might happen. God doesn’t have expectations. He knows!