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 Failure can be discouraging. This year, Crater High School has the #3 cross country runner in the nation. He’s dedicated his life to running. In the morning, he runs. At lunch, he runs. At night, he runs. And he’s third best in the nation. But last Thursday, he tried breaking a record. He came up a few seconds short. Can you imagine the disappointment this poor teen must have felt? All of that work, only to be not quite good enough. Sometimes when we come up short, we feel like quitting.
Does it ever feel like Christians are losing? The culture goes the wrong way. Our church attendance shrinks. People leave. Jesus dies. It seems like the agony of defeat. Failure can be so discouraging. If we look at it for long enough, we might want to give up serving God all together.
But Paul didn’t quit. He knew the end of the story. Jesus rose from the dead. We’ll be raised too. More and more people are getting saved. God’s plan is working.
2 Corinthians 4:13–15 (ESV)
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. 15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Today, if the bitter taste of failure is in your mouth, you might try this rinse of victory. Christ is risen from the dead. Grace is extending to more and more people. Thanksgiving is increasing. It’s all to God’s glory.
All of this means that God’s plan is working. The failure is only an illusion. It’s only momentary. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. Yes, the tomb was borrowed for three days, but it’s been empty ever since. The day will soon come when God brings us into his victorious presence forevermore. Amen, come Lord Jesus!

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