Monday, March 8, 2010
God can bless your mess!
I just love the way God's mind works. I believe He's sending us a message through this lineage. What is He saying? To me, I believe He's saying, "I don't care what you did in your past. I don't care what kind of person you were. If you turn back to me with all your heart, I will erase all your past mistakes, make you into a new person, and use you to make a difference."
God is a God of restoration, of redemption and of second chances. Both David and Rahab repented of their sins and devoted their lives to God. If they had stayed in their wickedness, God would have passed them by and used someone else. Yet how many of us either refuse to let go of some sinful behavior OR we don't think God can ever use someone like us?
I come from a pretty bad past, and I still suffer from many of the consequences of that past. Many times I wonder why God would even bother with someone like me. Why would He answer my prayers? Look at what I've done? Why would He bless my kids, my job, my marriage, my health, my finances? Surely there are more worthy believers out there than me.
Maybe you feel the same way?
But I've come to understand that God isn't interested in people with a flawless past. He's interested in people with a devoted heart.
Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “ Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I don't care if you've murdered, raped, stolen, commited adultery, gossiped, lied, or been a homosexual. If you've truly repented and turned your life over to God, then He doesn't even remember those things. All He sees when He looks at you is His Son and you standing there white as snow. So, the next time the enemy tries to tell you that you're scum and God could never use someone like you, and God will never answer your prayers, remind him of David and Rahab and so many other wretched sinners in the Bible whom God used for great and mighty things. Just believe.