“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me”. Mic. 7:8
The fact that you fell once does not make you a failure. A failure is not one who fell, rather a failure is one who refuses to get up when he fell. Everyone goes through a “fall” at a time or the other in their lives, but the difference between a success and a failure is the ability to get up and move on.
Look at David; David committed so many atrocities. He took the wife of his staff, tried to conceal it but when he couldn’t, he killed him and took over his wife. That is the story of David and Bathsheba; but, God called him a man after His heart. When you consider the fact that he committed fornication and murder to cover up his error, you will not describe him as a man after God’s heart. But that was God’s description of him, because the moment the Prophet confronted David, he immediately went on his face before God. David never covered any of his errors. He was quick to confess and turn away from them and the mercy of God reached out to him.
The same thing with Paul (who was Saul). He was the one-man riot squad that waged a war against Christianity to the extent that he had the approval to go and wipe out Christians when the Lord met him in Act 9. Yet Paul, writing to the church in Corinth said in 2 Cor. 7:2 “Trust us. We’ve never hurt a soul, never exploited or taken advantage of anyone” (MSG). ‘But Paul, you killed the innocent Christians’, might be your comment, but I hear Paul say: If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17).
This is true for you too. No matter what has happened in this year, rise and face the coming year, knowing that you will rise again.
Further Reading: 2 Cor. 5: 12 – 21; 1 Jn 1: 5 – 9
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Obadiah; Evening- Revelation 9