weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - September 26, 2023
How glorious that, when we resist God's purpose and all but wreck ourselves, He will make us again. Truly we would be a hopeless race but for the fact that we have a mighty God who is able to remake us even when we have rebelled against Him and have thwarted His blessed plans for us. Clovis G. Chappell
A friend recently asked me to look over his resume and make suggestions before he started looking for a new job. I offered a few ideas on how to emphasize his strengths and minimize his shortcomings while still telling the truth.
We all want to put our best foot forward, make a good impression, and present our best look possible. No one has a spotless background check; we all have areas of weakness and stains on our character that we would like to conceal.
The Bible is filled with the sometimes-disturbing resumes of its main characters:
Adam and Eve disobeyed.
Noah drank too much.
Jacob was a con man.
Rahab was a prostitute.
David committed adultery and murder.
Elijah struggled with depression.
Hezikiah complained and bragged.
Jonah had anger issues.
Peter denied Jesus.
Mark was a quitter.
Paul persecuted the Church.
Each of these biblical heroes had significant flaws but still got a second chance. God did not overlook their sin; He addressed it, forgave it, and expected them to improve. Just like He does for us. Paul knew this better than most and wrote, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
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