Even though I fail God, He doesn’t fail me! (Plus 10 Bible verses for when we fail God)
A couple of weeks ago, my son had a difficult spelling list. As soon as I saw the list of words on Monday as we worked on assignments, I knew it was going to be rough. My 8-year-old has some additional challenges that make spelling a very difficult subject for him, to say the least.
We worked on those words all week. One day, we sang them. Another day, he wrote them. We played assigned games with them. As we worked on other spelling assignments, we repeated the spelling out loud. I saw my son trying. He did his very best as he took the test. But then his face fell when his grade wasn’t what he wanted it to be.
As a mom, my heart breaks when things like this happens. We moms don’t like for our kids to have struggles and heartache. It hurts us deeply.
I spoke with my son and reminded him that no matter the score on his spelling test that day, I was proud of him. I knew how hard he’d worked. I saw him do his best and that’s all I can ever as of him. His best was enough.
When I fail God
Later, as I was thinking about the day, I thought about all the times God has seen me struggle. I’ve worked on life lessons and done my best and still come up short. I put my faith into practice and then stumble right over it, yet again. In my head, I think of God as a stern Father, unpleased with me.
But, I realized He is like I was with my son. I am His beloved child. He wants what is best for me. My Father wants me to try and to work. He wants me to trust Him when I can’t handle things. However, when I fall short and fail, He doesn’t get upset. His heart aches because He sees my potential. Maybe He has a slight smile because He knows what I’m going to learn from that failure. He doesn’t want to heap on more chastisement. God loves me and supports me every single step of the way.
I’d never have been stern with my son about something I knew he had worked hard on and done his best. How much more is God the same way with us if only we trust Him and relax in the knowledge of what His is doing! He will hold us and comfort us when we fall short. I am so thankful for that.
Bible verses for when we fail
When I feel like I fail God, I not only have this picture in my mind of Him treating me like I do my children when they fail, I also have His Word to remind me that He is ever faithful and true. The following five verses remind us of Who God always is — even when we fail and fall short.
Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
This verse reminds me that I’m human and I’m going to fail, but God will give me His strength if I just trust in Him.
“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)
I love this verse, because it reminds me to keep going, even when I fail God. With Him I have the strength and ability to try and try again.
“For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
This is my all-time favorite Bible verse. I love it for the promise God makes to strengthen and uphold us, even when we do fail. And I love it for the reminder that I don’t need to fear, because I struggle with that.
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
Just like I won’t ever give up on my children when they try and fail, never will God give up on us.
“…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 145:14 (NIV)
Even when I get so overwhelmed and off-track that I fall flat on my face, God is right there with me to put me back together.
“The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.” — Psalm 145:14 (NIV)
Bible verses to remind us of God’s faithfulness
Going right along with being able to trust that God won’t leave us when we fail, we must also remember God’s faithfulness. Even when I fail God, He remains steadfast and true.
Psalm 119:90 (NIV)
While I am so thankful for God’s faithfulness to me, I am even more so for His faithfulness to my children. And this verse reminds us that God is faithful through ALL generations.
“Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
You established the earth, and it endures.”
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
This verse reminds me that I can hold onto hope no matter the situation because God is always faithful. He is even faithful when He says “no” to what I ask, because not for one minute does He leave me!
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He Who promised is faithful.”
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
These words come from Moses as he was telling the Israelites that God was going to clear a path for them and bring them through to the Promised Land. While I’m not wandering in the desert facing armies, I am facing battles in my life and trust fully that God will be with me every step of the way until I read the heavenly Promised Land.
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
God is always faithful and nothing can come between us and His love!
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
This verse I picked to end with, because I love the reminder that each day is a new day. God’s love never fails me, even when I fail Him. And even though I might have failed today, tomorrow is a new day when I get to try again!
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”