He won’t let you fail

I want to talk about a new Cory Asbury song today. First, because it’s called “The Father’s House” so it belongs on this blog! Any song about the Father’s love is an anthem for everything I want communicate to the world. The second reason is because of the lyrics.

The lyrics of this song reminded me of what I was reading in Romans 14 this morning. I was struck by what Paul said in verse 4, that we who belong to God cannot fail because we’ve been empowered by His Spirit.

The NASB says it this way:

Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (Rom.14:4 NASB)

But I particularly liked how The Passion Translation elaborated on this point:

Who do you think you are to sit in judgment of someone else’s household servant? His own master is the one to evaluate whether he succeeds or fails. And God’s servants will succeed, for God’s power supports them and enables them to stand. (Rom.14:4 TPT)

What Paul is telling us is astonishing. He’s saying our Father won’t let us fail. We may stumble and fall but He’ll just weave that all together to make us a better human being! This is what Paul said earlier in the same letter:

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  (Rom.8:28 NIV)

And this is why I love this song. It speaks of how we are fathered by God, as Cory says in the first verse:

Sometimes on this journey, I get lost in my mistakes
What looks to me like weakness, is a canvas for Your strength
My story isn’t over, my story’s just begun
Failure won’t define me, ‘cause that’s what my Father does
Failure won’t define me, ‘cause that’s what my Father does

Your heavenly Father is not done with you yet. As the song goes, “The story isn’t over if the story isn’t good.”

Failure does not define you; your heavenly Father does, and He delights in you.

One more thing we see in the Father heart of God here. Jesus described Him as the prodigal’s father in Luke 15 (Luke 15:11-32). In this story, notice how this father responds to the son who took advantage of His grace and even ran away from him:

20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:20-23 NIV)

Do you see how Jesus is describing how the Father pursues us while we’re “still a long way off”? Also notice that He doesn’t come with arms closed, wanting to put us on probation until we prove ourselves, which was the mindset of the prodigal (and us). No,  His love has no conditions. He embraces us and fully restores us to Himself. And then He throws a party!

Only religious people want punishment and probation. This is why the elder brother was so angry (see vs.28-30).

There’s nothing you can do that would make Him stop loving you, even if you have denied Him. He’s not vindictive like us; He knows our frame and waits for us to come home, as this song expresses so well.

Prodigals come home, the helpless find hope
Love is on the move when the Father’s in the room
Prison doors fling wide, the dead come to life
Love is on the move when the Father’s in the room

Beloved, this is how your Father rolls. Embrace Him. Let Him love you back together again. He will finish what He started in you.

The Father’s House
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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 39 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to He won’t let you fail

  1. Delightful, Mel! Now you have a song just for you, one that really belongs “In My Fathers House.” How perfect. I really like that line, “Failure won’t define me, ‘cause that’s what my Father does.” We are seated in victory with Him in high places and He works for good all things. Our victory is assured. We simply cannot fail when we are in His care. Or if you prefer, our own understanding of “success” and “failure” is often deeply flawed and very subjective.

    I had a fun chat with some guys this morning, hoping they die gloriously in battle and not from some virus. “Success” is a hero’s death, “failure” is falling into the bathtub while holding the toaster, which will no doubt befall me. It was a fun discussion because we were laughing, (oh death where is your sting,) but also because we were enjoying the varied and diverse definitions of “success” and “failure,” and talking about what was truly important in life.

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thank, IB. There have been a few songs like this that have become anthems for this blog but this one ranks near the top! I love the fact that our heavenly Father defines us, not our failures or even our good things. And if He delights in us, what other people think of us won’t change that. But it takes revelation to understand, but once you do have that encounter you’re never the same! It was this revelation of the Father’s heart for me that changed my whole life 20 years ago, and completely changed my “Christianity.” I’ve never been alone or without His love since! (I never was alone before, I just thought I was.) That’s what our Father does!

      So, whether we die in the bathtub with the toaster or some glorious hero’s death, we’re already successful because we are loved by God. And, because of this, we can love Him back and love others with His other-centered, self-giving love. We have accomplished the highest possible goal as a human being. That’s the ultimate definition of success. 🙂

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