March 6, 2023

Falling Short

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 NASB

A well-known quote declares, “History is written by victors.” The meaning? What we know about the past is influenced by those who win the battles. We remember their accounts while ignoring the losers.

The Bible teaches a distinct perspective. We are reminded that failure can play a vital role in our journey of faith. This can be a spiritual necessity. The Bible is filled with examples of people who could be considered failures. But we see how God used their failures and flaws to teach them important lessons and allow them to grow spiritually.

Peter was one of these failures. Jesus warned that he would deny knowing Him three times. Confident in himself, Peter didn’t think this was possible. But he later denied Jesus as He had warned (Luke 22:31). Peter was devastated, but Jesus didn’t reject him. Peter learned from this failure and became a dynamic leader.

In Romans, Paul stated the principle that each of us has sinned. The Greek word means to miss the mark. In many ways, we all fall short and fail to hit the target. This truth is not meant to make us feel defeated but aware of our limits. Realizing that no one is perfect, we can turn to Jesus.

Have you ever fallen short? Made a mistake? Missed the mark? Commit these failures to Jesus. Let Him teach you. Learn to depend on the Spirit working through you.

Reflection Question: Compose a prayer asking God to forgive you for specific sins.

Lord Jesus, You know everything about me. I confess how much I need You. Forgive my pride. Thank You for forgiving my sins. In Your name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Romans 3