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SUNDAY 09 JULY 2017
The Old Testament is full of people - real people; whose lives are messy, their families dysfunctional and their obedience not always full or immediate, yet God used them. Our study of their lives is to bring perspective, hope and instruction to ours - to recognise that at times we are tempted to sanitise or selectively interact with their stories and in that way make them heroes. The reality is that their stories are powerful because they are human like us and face the same temptations and frailty that we do - yet God used them.
Jesus loves you, likes you and is inviting you into an incredible adventure.
One of the great things about the Bible - particularly the Old Testament, is that it doesn’t sanitise or minimise that those incredible adventures are really mixed. The people within them - who are loved, liked and called on the adventure don’t get it right all the time - they lie, cheat, embezzle, commit adultery, worship idols, murder, circumstances don’t work out, steal, fall into temptation, wuss out when God speaks, get bored, depressed, discouraged, frustrated… and that’s after they have seen miracles, provision, visions, dreams, acted in the power of God.
How we remember that God loves us, likes us and has an adventure for us even in the middle of circumstances that look the opposite is so vitally important. How we position our heart is key. How we recognise and respond is vital in shifting frustration and battle.
Our legacy is formed by the steps we take in those moments - David could defeat Goliath because he learnt how to be overlooked in a field. Deborah could lead a nation cos she learnt that God’s point of view was more important than humans. Joseph could see his adventure to the end because he learnt how to negotiate the pit and the prison.
Frustration & Battle are places where our heart and character is revealed and opportunities to form within us the character that will carry the adventure.