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1 Cor 10 : 11, 12 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfilment of the ages has come. So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.
As the time marches on this year already, the pressure of time and opportunity starts to close in on many people. The sales targets that seemed “doable” at the start of the year with 12 months to go, now seem a little more challenging with just 11 months left. The hopes for this, and the plans for the other….. it always seems reasonable at first glance. But when the reality hits – then the pressure builds, and every often that’s when mistakes are made.
We all want to set good examples. We are all like open books for others to read and make judgment. It certainly isn’t easy, and when the pressure builds the flesh can indeed prove to be weaker than we thought. We might think we are ok – but God’s Word is a warning!
I’m glad the Bible isn’t a book that glosses over the cracks. I’m glad that the characters we read about, both in the Old and New Testament’s are flawed individuals. Many of them were brilliant leaders, but had personality flaws just the same. Some were great Kings, who conquered Nations – yet couldn’t keep their sexual impulse under control. Or maybe, a great communicator who was able to write about profound mysteries in astonishing detail, yet found it difficult to accept weakness or frailty in those he worked with. We are all different after all. And that’s why God chose the weak things, the foolish things, the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are. It’s truly amazing. In our weakness we do indeed find God’s strength at work in us. But these shortcomings, failures and blatant sin are all recorded in the Bible for our benefit. Yes, it makes reading God’s Word somewhat more comfortable, yet at the same time quite shocking. “Who’d of thought…….” Well actually, you did! Why? Because you were more than capable of making the exact same mistake – possibly many times over! But thanks be to God, He has kept you from falling. As our text says, “these things are recorded as warnings for us!” So, it’s time we heeded the warnings.
As humbling as it is when we mess up, God uses these failures to make it clear that our “power” is from God, not ourselves.
2 Cor 4 : 7 but we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all surpassing power is from God, and not from us.
Abraham – The friend of God, who lied about his wife Sarah. (Gen 12 : 10 – 20) Later on we find Isaac following in Dad’s footsteps.
Moses – The mighty Leader of the Children of Israel, who delivered God’s people out of Egypt. Yet, he had a bad temper, broke the tablets of stone and later disobeyed God over a rock!
David – The king of Israel who was a man after God’s own heart. But he decided to stay at home and get a sun-tan while other kings went to war. The result was that he saw Bathsheba, he wanted her, and because he was king – he took her, meaning that the adultery he committed was then attempted to be covered up by murder!
Peter – A front man, a spokesman, an Apostle – a guy who wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. But then found himself afraid to speak up for Jesus in front of a teenage girl and denied Jesus three times.
John-Mark – the Gospel writer who was excited to go out with Paul and Barnabas as a helper on the First Missionary Journey. Yet, at the first sign of trouble he headed back home – and caused a bust up between Paul and Barnabas!
So, don’t be discouraged when you stumble – we all need to be willing to admit our mistakes, apologise to God, and ask forgiveness, forgive yourself, and move on! There’s a lot to be done. And I’m so glad that God is the God of the 2nd Chance! Ps. David