标 题： 面对失败
经 节： 耶稣对他们说：“你们都要跌倒了，因为经上记着说：我要击打牧人，羊就分散了。”（马可福音十四章27节）
Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this
night, for it is written. . .” (Mark 14:27)
As you follow Jesus you will face moments
of great distress. At times it will seem that events conspire to cause you to
stumble in your relationship with Him. You do not initiate them, but they arise
from opposition or the intensity of your circumstances. Nevertheless, failure
is the end result. The disciples faced such fierce opposition to their Lord
that they all failed Him on the night Jesus was crucified.
Peter boasted that he was incapable of
forsaking Jesus (Mark 14:29–31). Yet Jesus assured the disciples even before
their failure that it was inevitable. The Scriptures had prophesied it. God
always knew the disciples would fail His Son; He wasn’t caught by surprise. He
had made provision for their shortcomings, knowing He would eventually develop
them into apostles who would fearlessly preach the gospel, perform miracles,
and teach others. Later, when the risen Christ encountered Peter on the
seashore, He did not ask Peter for a confession of his sin, but a confession of
his love (John 21:15–17).
You may fear that your failure has caught
God by surprise. Perhaps you promised, like Peter, to stand with the Lord, but
you failed. God was just as aware that you would fail Him as He was with the
original disciples. He has made provision to respond every time you stumble.
Don’t think that somehow your failures are bigger or more complex than any God
has dealt with. If you are facing challenges that seem overwhelming, don’t be
discouraged. God has already foreseen them and prepared for them (1 Cor.