I remember reading Patsy Clairmont’s title of a book she wrote, “God Uses Cracked Pots” and smiling. Indeed He does.
My life has been anything but perfect. From financial screw-ups to depression, food addiction and celebrity idolatry, I’ve run the gamut of blunders and created some of my own mayhem. But God’s grace got me through it all.
I like to peruse the comments on our local newspaper’s website. Some of them get pretty nasty toward one another, especially if anything in the arena of religion gets brought up. You wouldn’t think it would be that way in the “Bible belt” but it does. I read one comment from someone who said they couldn’t believe in a God who was manipulative and conniving and allowed all of that (murder, adultery, etc) to go on. It kind of stunned me and I couldn’t think of a response at that moment.
But I began to think about it and chew on it a while. What would I say to something like that?
I thank God for all of the people’s lives He chose to share with us in Scripture. We got a “birds-eye” view of their lives and screw ups yet God chose to forgive them and use them anyway for His honor and glory. Who would want a Bible full of perfect people?? We couldn’t live up to that if we tried. We can relate to almost every one of those in some form or fashion and still we see the grace and mercy of God.
Joseph was a favorite child. What did that get him? Jealous brothers who sold him into slavery then lied to their father about what happened to him. God used that to save His people from starvation. Joseph ended up being the grand vizier or prime minister, if you will, of Egypt.
David, a man after God’s own heart, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got tempted into adultery and then murder. God was gracious and didn’t take the throne away from him and still used him mightily. He and Bathsheba went on to have Solomon, the wisest king that ever lived.
We are born into a fallen world. This world, temporarily, is Satan’s dominion. We were given a free will. God knows how we are going to use that before we even do. He has placed us where we are in this time and location for a purpose. If we were at the hands of a “master puppeteer” who was manipulative and conniving, who would be able to stand? Wouldn’t He then just kill us off if we screwed up?
We don’t see the bigger picture like God does. I am glad He is sovereign and knows what is best for us. If we allow Him to, he can use us broken people. People who think they know it all, don’t want God. They don’t think they need Him. What they believe is the biggest lie Satan ever told.
I serve a gracious, merciful, loving, kind, just God. He is ever powerful and He is everywhere. He is everything I will ever need.
I heard this analogy once and I love it. A baby is all nice and warm and comfy in the womb. It’s dark. It’s toasty. Then they are born into the light, cold, noisy world. The 9 months they live in that womb is temporary. They are being prepared for the real world, the one we live in now.
We are in the “womb,” so to speak. Our life on this planet is short and temporary. What we see, hear, smell, taste and touch is not going to last. When we die, that’s when real life begins. The Bible teaches “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Those who are believers in Christ, will spend eternity with Him in love, no pain, no sorrow, no brokenness, no sin. All perfect. Those without Christ will spend in eternal darkness in a place prepared for Satan and his angels away from God in pain, in sorrow…forever and ever and ever and ever.
His message is simple: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” Saved from what? Saved from sin and eternal separation from God.
What choice are you going to make?