– Jack Hyles
A Comma, Not a Period
I once heard a pastor tell someone who was contemplating suicide that what God intended to be a comma you cannot make a period, so the idea of failing being an end is not biblical. How many heroes and heroines of the faith failed time after time? Too many to count here, that’s for sure. People like David, Jonah, Elijah, and many others. Every one of us will fall, but we can get back up again. Even when we are disgraced, it’s not the end–it might be the beginning of a new chapter in your life. After a great forest fire, from ashes to beauty do flowers come forth.
Falls Are Not Final
Solomon once wrote that “… the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity” (Prov. 24:16). Perhaps Solomon knew very well what it meant to fall, as he fell into serious sin after marrying a foreign woman and fell into idolatry, but he did finally repent. The difference between Christians and the lost are that we can fall into sin, but the unsaved dive and swim in it. We all fall into sin, but we don’t stay there. We get back up, and God forgives us of all our sins and then cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Appointed for Good Works
The story of your life is being written as you read this. Did you know that God is the author of your life’s story? This is true, but the point is that God hasn’t revealed the last chapters to us yet. We must trust the Author, as Paul wrote, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). We haven’t entered into all of these appointed good works yet–so keep on keeping on.
Great Risks Bring Great Rewards
No one ever receives great rewards if they never take great risks. Abraham took a great risk going to a land he had never seen and became the father of many nations. David took a great risk fighting Goliath and became king of Israel and part of the lineage of Jesus Christ. Paul took a great risk and preached the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire, and it cost him his life, but he knew “… there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing” (2 Tim. 4:8).
I hope Jack Hyles’ words speak to your heart that failing is not a disgrace unless you make it the last chapter of your book. Don’t let it be.