DAY TWO | You’re Not The Only One
Have you ever just really blown it? Well, I’ve got some good news and some really good news. The good news is that you’re not the only one. And the really good news is that God’s not done with you. The truth is, in the middle of our failures, our weaknesses, and our struggles, we feel the true weight of God’s grace, mercy, and love. If you’re struggling and you’ve been dealing with personal issues, heart trauma, and difficult situations, you’re in good company because everyone in human history has done the same. Let’s take off the veneer of Christianity—all the plastic, shiny, social trappings that imply things like, “I’m so good. I never do anything wrong. I never struggle because I follow Jesus, and Jesus’s followers don’t struggle!” Ha! Yeah right! As a matter of fact, there’s a long list of people who demonstrate that if you haven’t failed yet, you will.
Abraham, the father of faith, lied. Elijah, one of the Bible’s greatest prophets, was suicidal. Moses murdered someone. Gideon was consistency fearful. Samson broke his covenant with God. Rahab was a prostitute. The Samaritan woman was divorced and still sleeping around. Noah got drunk. Jacob lied, over and over. Jonah rebelled against God’s call and was extremely prejudiced. Martha worried—a lot! Zacchaeus stole tons of money from people. Paul killed Christians. And let’s not even get started on the original disciples; they were all different flavors of dysfunctional. We all struggle. We all fall. We all fail. We are all merely human.
I wanted to take a day in this study just to let you know that you are not the only one grappling with feelings of deficiency and the reality of sin. Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. No matter how low you may feel, Jesus can forgive you, restore you, and even use you for His glory.