One of the things that our family has begun this year has been reading the Bible thru. We’ve read the Bible thru in years past but got away from it when life got crazy with the move and such. This year we decided that we’re going to do it again. So far, I have to say that I’ve loved it. It feels good to pick up the Bible each night and read a few chapters.
We were just discussing this morning about some of the shows on television lately. Most of these shows aren’t decent and glorify things. Both good and bad. Some of these shows provide a highly false reality about what life is like.
We then started talking about some of the things that we’ve been reading in the Bible. As we continue on our Christian walk and learn more about God we are continually amazed about some of the things that are recorded in the Bible. We’re only 30 some chapters into Genesis, and so far there’s been a ton of mistakes and wrong done. But you know what else I see?
I see a God that loves His people. His creation. In Genesis chapter 18:22-32 we see Abraham questioning God about destroying the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham says that it’s not like God to destroy the righteous with the wicked so he begins to ask God a series of questions, “Will you destroy the city if you find 45 righteous people in the city?” God says that He won’t. The questions and answers continue until God says that He won’t destroy the city if He finds 10 righteous people. God then sends two angels into the city to rescue Lot and His family BEFORE He destroys the city!
Chapter 20 tells us of a time when Abraham tells the king of Gerar that Sarah, his wife, is his sister (they are actually half-siblings). The king then takes a bit of an interest in Sarah and takes her from Abraham. God comes to the king and tells him that he is in trouble because the woman he took is another man’s wife. The king tells God that Abraham and Sarah both said that they were siblings and not husband and wife. He asks why God would destroy him since he has done this in the integrity of his heart and hadn’t touched her. God’s response, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her…” (Genesis 20:6).
I think that one of the lessons that I’m learning is that there is NOT one perfect person except Jesus. We all make mistakes. But just because we fail and mess up miserably doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us and can’t use us. God can take even our worst parts of life and make something good happen from it (Romans 8:28). He loves you and wants the best for you. The best road may not be the easiest road but it’s the one that God has placed you on. Remember that His plans are good and that He does care for you (Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Peter 5:7).
God uses even the most messed up among us to show us how great His love and plans are for our lives.
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”
~ 2 Corinthians 4:7
Until next time,