Today’s Scripture: But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I. And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all. MarkĀ 14:29-31

Every Christian should get used to getting back up and dusting himself off after failure. Remember, God will use you again.

Peter denied with his whole soul that he would deny the Lord. He said, “Though the others should deny Thee, not I.” He didn’t realize it at the time but his denial was rooted in pride. Even though he truly did love the Lord, he should have realized the frailty of his human flesh.

It is important to remember that although Peter denied Christ, he didn’t leave. God was still able to use him in a mighty way. Peter was the better for his bitter experience. His failure kept him humble the rest of his life. When he opened his mouth to boast or when pride started in his heart, he was able to immediately recognize it and deal with it.

Peter didn’t quit even though he was at his lowest point. When he heard that rooster crow the second time, the words “failure, failure, failure” were probably stamped in his brain forever. Yet, he didn’t let it stop him from becoming what God wanted him to be.

Has something happened in your life that has left you feeling like a failure? Maybe you didn’t study for a test like you should have, and you flunked it. Perhaps you said something mean to a family member. First, admit your failure like Peter did. Confess your sin to the Lord. Peter wept bitter tears when he realized that he had just done what he said he would never do. Then do the second thing Peter did, get up and dust yourself off. Keep going. Don’t let failure keep you from service to the Lord.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder