Victory and Failure
“Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows” (Jonah 1.16 ESV).
Jonah had sinned against the Lord by trying to run away to Tarshish when God had called him to prophecy to Ninehveh. While he was on the boat to Tarshish, God caused a great storm to threaten the boat and risk the lives of the workers on board. When the workers finally threw Jonah overboard, the storm quieted. Even though Jonah was living in sin, God was able to use the situation to further His glory and make believers out of the boat workers. God can use both our stories of triumph and our stories of defeat to establish His presence on this earth. When we admit our wrongs, God is able to build us back up again using His power and strength. Our testimonies of failure become showcases of God’s love and faithfulness. Our stories of victory in Christ will shine God’s glory, but our stories of defeat can be just as effective at showing His mercy and grace. Jonah’s story is about a struggle of faith, which includes a message of disobedience and obedience. We can be honest about our victories and failures, knowing that God can use them both for His glory.
“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory” (2 Corinthians 4.15 NLT).