The greats. All of them. They all had weaknesses. Just look a Noah, afraid to build a huge boat and close the doors off to the rest of the world, but he obeyed and did it. David, messed up bad. And I mean really bad. Had someone killed and committed adultery, and yet God still used him as one of the mightiest of kings. Solomon, David’s son got lost within himself and his riches. His thousands of wives. But at the end of his days, he saw it all as meaningless. Jonah, afraid to go save people that hated God so he ran. Ran straight into the belly of a whale. That must’ve smelled so bad, and yet 3 days later he was given a second chance. Peter was a bit of a hot head and cursed a time or two in his life. Was always picking fights with people who came against Jesus. Heck, even denied Jesus three times, and yet was forgiven.
Meditate on the story of David- a man after God’s own heart and yet he didn’t hold to the standard of holiness, but God still used him to change a kingdom. 2 Samuel 1-12 (The Fall of King David) preferably- The Message Version
There are more. Way more. But you get the point. The other day, my something was brought to my attention as I somberly told someone that I was displeased with my weak areas. I wanted to be strong. I wanted people to look up to me and see that I was strong so they could be too. They said,” It’s okay to not always be strong.” They named of a few greats that we both looked up to, and they said, “They have stories. They weren’t always strong, and yet people still look up to them. People will still look up to you, even if you are weak at times.”
They could see past what I was feeling at the moment. They were telling the truth.
Here are some key points that we need to remember as imperfect humans serving a perfect God:
1. Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:8) There is absolutely nothing that we could have done to have earned that kind of love.
2. Our sanctification is secure and it will be carried on to completion of every good work that was started in us until the day that Christ Jesus Returns (Philippians 1:6)
3. It’s okay to not be perfect, lean on Jesus and take his yoke for it’s easy (Matthew 11:29-30)
It’s scary. It’s scary to let go and let God. It’s scary to trust again. To love again. To let those closest in your life go down a path that might change them forever. To let go of your scars so you can be healed. To believe the best as you close one door and wait for the next one to open.
I get it. You’re not alone. If you’re reading this, you’re not alone. Even if there are times that it feels like I’m losing, I didn’t lose. I learned. And you will too. One day at a time.
Don’t let fear keep you from the best days that could be ahead of you. Don’t look back, you might miss the view. And always look up every now and again, knowing you can’t wander too far without him bringing you back home.