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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 14
Faithful Through Failure
14m • March 31, 2021

Humanity’s failures never cancel God’s faithfulness to his promise. In fact, the God of Israel became human to fulfill the promise himself. Jesus, the long awaited King, faithfully completed everything we have left undone.

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How does God respond when we fail to represent his goodness in the world?

Humanity’s failures never cancel God’s faithfulness to his promise. In fact, the God of Israel became human to fulfill the promise himself. Jesus, the long awaited King, faithfully completed everything we have left undone.

Bible Reading
2 Samuel 7:8-17

Reflection Questions

  1. What is one way God has been faithful to you recently?
  2. What is one specific way you’d like to grow in your faithfulness to Jesus?
  3. Who could be an ally in your life to help you grow, and how can you reach out to them today?

Want to Go Deeper?
Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Tim Mackie
  • Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background Music: Blue by IamDayLight

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. What is one way God has been faithful to you recently?
  2. What is one specific way you’d like to grow in your faithfulness to Jesus?
  3. Who could be an ally in your life to help you grow, and how can you reach out to them today?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

God promises King David that he will build him a house—a royal family line that leads to a king whose reign will never end. But before we get to the promised king, there is a long line of other kings, priests, and prophets who are called to represent God’s character on earth. Some do a pretty good job, others royally fail, and in the end, everyone comes up short. But humanity’s failures never cancel God’s faithfulness to his promise. In fact, the God of Israel became human to fulfill the promise himself. Jesus, the long awaited King, faithfully completed everything that we have left undone.

Feel free to reflect on all the questions or just a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.

Message Question
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: 2 Samuel 7:8-17, Isaiah 53, John 19:1-6

  1. As you review today’s passage, notice the repetition of the words “established” and “forever.” What do you think the author is emphasizing by this?
  2. Some of the kings from David’s line abused their leadership roles and committed murder, exploited the vulnerable, and hoarded wealth. God promised that they would be held accountable for their wrongdoing (see vs. 14). How does this sit with you?
  3. Jesus came to complete everything that the previous kings failed to do. And even though he did nothing wrong, he bore the weight of all our sins in order to establish his Kingdom forever. Read Isaiah 53, John 19:1-6, and 2 Corinthians 5:21 and reflect on this. What does this tell you about God’s character?
  4. Today’s passage reminds us of God’s faithfulness to his promises. What is one way God has been faithful to you recently?
  5. What is one specific way you’d like to grow in your faithfulness to Jesus?
  6. Who could be an ally in your life to help you grow, and how can you reach out to them today?
  7. Turn your reflections into a prayer to God. Express your gratitude for his faithfulness. Be honest about the areas in your life and community that need to change. Pray for his support and thank God for his promise to faithfully complete the good work he started (Philippians 1:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
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