After some recent failures, both public and private, I picked up When We Have Failed—What Next? to help make sense of my propensity to blow it. K.P. Yohannan gives biblical examples of those who have had very public failures and God brought them back to become great servants of God. The difference in whether one can recover from a failure or not is in one’s willingness to humble themselves after failure. Those who are proud and try to cover up, minimize, or run away from their failure will continue to live that way. Those who humble themselves before God and others to seek forgiveness will eventually develop the humble character of Jesus, marked by compassion for the shortcomings of others.
If you or someone you know has failed (who hasn’t?), then When We Have Failed—What Next? is a short but helpful read.
Toward the end of Jacob’s journey, God changed his name, which means “deceiver,” to Israel, meaning “Prince of God.” So, why doesn’t He say, “I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and … Israel”? How strange! How come He associates His name with a cheat who wasted two decades trying to do things his own way?
Through His name, His very identity, God wants to say to you and me, “I am still the God who makes failures into princes of God. I remain the God who takes broken lives—people with multiple divorces, sick in body because of sin, in prison for decades, labeled as losers, crazy folk nobody wants, outcasts with no hope—and turns them into something beautiful.”
–K.P. Yohannan, When We Have Failed–What Next?
God’s Answer to Our Failures