What do you do when you fail God, or you think you've failed God? Do you give up?
Do you complain?
Do you hide in the shame and the disappointment of the moment, day, week?
I mean how do you handle a moment in time that you regret and that you know was ordained for a later date in time (such as sexual stuff before marriage) . Or perhaps the deed you've done can be categorized in the 'blatent sin/evil' section of life, therefore it is something that would never be tolerable before God or man (such as child molestation or prostitution or rape).
What if you've stolen?
What if you've cheated?
What if you've hurt someone else on purpose and now your heart is so full of pain and unforgiveness and bitterness and sorrow? And you may have a booming voice screaming in your head to 'KILL YOURSELF'... what do you do with such things? What do you do with the utter pain of regret...? What do you do if you are tormented by the feelings and perhaps demons inside of you?
I think that this is an age old question that only has one applicable answer for all time:
the cross, the cross, the cross!
All we have is the cross. All we have as a generation, as planet earth, in all our perversion, sin, evil, hatred, unforgiveness... it all must either come to a place of eternal punishment for the sins we've committed, or eternal mercy through the forgiveness of the cross.
So God screams at us through his word, which has stood and stands for the last almost 2000 years...
"THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISH TO THOSE WHO ARE HEADED TO DESTRUCTION! BUT WE WHO ARE BEING SAVED KNOW IT IS THE VERY POWER OF GOD." - 1 Corinthinans 1:18
The cross... the very power of God. I mean... the VERY... POWER... OF... GOD... doesn't God have other sources of power? Can't God do anything... can't he spin universes on his index finger... I would have thought some other quality of God would deem him powerful, but not the cross. Why the cross?
Because when it comes to God, he is just. He is holy. He is perfect. He understands both good and evil (Gen 3:22) and inherently and naturally only does good, because he is good. The mystery of the cross, in the simplistic black words on white paper means to communicate, is this: when you fail God, and you come to the cross, it is no longer you that has failed him, the blame is now put on Jesus. You go free for your sin, but he is crucified... for your sin.
What do you do when you fail God? You go to the cross, and it all happens from there...
Therefore understanding the cross the the subsequent commands of God is how life happens... Jesus has truly made the way!