Turn Failures into Teachable Moments


“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou

Daily Devotional

1 Chronicles 15:2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

Failure is only failure if you have not learnt from it. 1 Chronicles 13 records the story of David’s first attempt to bring up the Ark of the Covenant out of the house of Abinadab. It is typically kept in Jerusalem in the house of God or tent of meeting. However, it had been kept at Abinadab’s  house for about 60 years after the Philistines had captured and returned it.  After David was made King, he decided to return the Ark to its rightful place in Jerusalem. Accordingly, he appointed Uzza and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, to drive the cart on which the Ark of the Covenant was being carried. At a point on the journey, the cart tilted, so Uzza stretched forth his hand to prevent the Ark from falling. God struck him down dead because only the Levites and priests were allowed to touch the Ark. In response David aborted the journey and left the Ark in the house of Obededom for three (3) months.

Fast forward to 1 Chronicles 15: this time around David was ready to make his second attempt to carry up the Ark of the Covenant. Evidently, he learnt from his past mistake as this time around he mandated that only the Levites and priests would be allowed to carry the Ark. David could have allowed his past failure to cause him to give up on trying any further to bring the Ark, but instead he chose to convert his failure into a teachable moment and then try again.

Never let failure cause you to give up. Understand that in most cases, failure is the result of a lack of knowledge, wisdom and understanding. So rather than let failure keep you down, do what David did. He spent time gathering the knowledge and wisdom he needed to make his second attempt a successful one and so it was.  

Life Application: Spend the time to draw knowledge, wisdom and understanding from your last failed attempt to make your next attempt a successful one.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the changed perspective on failure. Help me to learn the lessons I ought to learn from each and grow. Show me the lessons you want me to learn in my last failed attempt and help me to implement the necessary changes that will prevent me from making the same mistakes. In Jesus name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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