Feeling Like a Failure

John Koedyker

READ : Jonah 1:8-12

“Pick me up and throw me into the sea . . . I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” (v. 12 NIV)

In 1932 when Fred Astaire was just starting out in the movie business, a Hollywood talent judge wrote on his screen test: “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Can dance a little.” It was a rough beginning and the young man was devastated. He felt like a failure.

Certainly Jonah felt the same way. He had come face to face with himself and he didn’t like what he saw. He was a failure. First he had deliberately disobeyed God by running away. And now he had put the lives of the sailors in jeopardy. When he tells the sailors to throw him overboard it makes you wonder if part of the reason is the fact that he thinks his life is worthless.

However, as bad as Jonah must have felt, this was actually the beginning of his turn-around. He finally was taking responsibility for his sin. And although to Jonah it might have felt like the end, it wasn’t. God wasn’t through with him yet.

Maybe you feel like a failure today. The best thing to do is admit it. Then God can turn you around and start using you.


Lord, we admit our failures. Turn our lives around and use us despite our shortcomings. Amen.