being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised…. (Romans 4:21).
Before Abraham followed God in faithfulness, he failed miserably. Yet, this did not keep God from fulfilling His promise to Abraham. God was still faithful to Abraham even though Abraham was not.
I know what you’re thinking, I have failed, God could never use me again or, look at my past, what could God do with a past like this? I have found the best way to set the past free so that the devil doesn’t hang it over our heads any longer is to approach it with humility and share it. Yes, share it. Even though fears rise up inside of us trying to convince us that people will judge us or not want someone who has been through what you’ve been through.
I have found that the best life, is a transparent life. We all come with our baggage and our failures. Abraham’s just happens to be written all over Genesis 16 and if someone wrote some chapters on us in the Bible we’d fill a few chapters with the stories of our failures too, but thanks be to God that He holds the pen. He continues to write our story.
In our pride and lack of self-awareness we’re quick to say, “Don’t be like Abraham, look how he screwed up,” but can I just be really honest? I’m a lot like Abraham. I am Abraham- impatient and sometimes a bit impulsive. I have a hard time trusting in God’s timing, so I’ve been quick to plow forward without listening because my fears of what God might not do start directing my heart and mind.
The great news is that God is not finished with people like you and me. Indeed, there is grace for us. God uses failures every day. That’s what He’s working with, a bunch of people, full of insecurities and fears who are longing to be made more like Jesus. Don’t believe the lie that says, “God could never” or “God can’t redeem that.” Stand fast in the promises of God for your life which reminds you that God is for you. Yes, He can use you and all of your junk to put His glory on display. Keep trusting Him and don’t give up on the journey. He’s still writing your story.
Lord, I am a lot like Abraham. I want to trust you, but sometimes I don’t. I want to walk in faithfulness, but somethings I walk in fear. Lord, sometimes I get angry at the wrong things. Be my eternal joy. I long to walk in faithfulness. Father, use my life to put your glory on display, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.