Today in Sunday school we were studying and reflecting upon the resurrection and how having faith in Jesus Christ can change how we view death and life after death, especially compared to those who aren’t believers. We were reading through 1 Corinthians 15:9, and my friend Kailyn pointed out that its really cool how Paul points out that he is the least of the apostles because of the fact that he used to persecute Christians. Despite his former history, God has mercy and forgave him.
This train led to a similar train of thought, I started thinking about all of the people of the Bible who we see as some of the biggest and best biblical leaders and role-models. People like David, Solomon, Moses, Joseph, etc. They all screwed up, bad things happened to them and despite that God forgave them and was with them.
David slept with Bathsheba then had Uriah Killed, yet he remained a man of God. Moses killed an Egyptian, he questioned the power and authority of God, yet God used him as a deliverer and spoke through him to accomplish great things. Joseph was sold by his own brothers into slavery, he was accused by Potiphar’s wife of assault, he was thrown in jail, yet he was raised up into a position of power and authority and able to help his family live and thrive. There are so many examples of how God uses broken and sinful people to further His Kingdom and to speak a testimony of His power and capabilities.
From this train of thought I started thinking about God’s character, which then led me to reflect on some of my homework questions from last week. “If you were having dinner with a non-believer or someone from another religion, how would you describe your God?” “What is His character like?” “Who is Jesus?” “Why is He important” etc.
This led me to reread passages such as Exodus 34:6-7, and I reflected in the character of God.
If I had to describe my God, how on earth would I come up with the right words? I feel as though there are not enough words, or words powerful enough to express how awesome and mighty and steadfast my God is. I sometimes feel like the english language completely lack words that have meaning. Or over time words have lost some of the importance and meaning they once had. I have so much respect for other languages because their words, while sometimes manning change, they still maintain meaning and strong conviction.
If I had to describe the character of my God, I would say that He is faithful (Psalm 89:8). He is always there guiding my life and delivering me from trials, even when I am not faithful to Him. He is my protector (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). There are so many times and situations in my life that I know He has had His hand over me and my family and prevented harm from coming our way, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I am learning that He is my rock, shelter, and strong tower (Psalm 18:2; Psalm 62:1-2). I have been discouraged and I am always being reminded that I cannot do things within my own power. God allows me to come to a place of recognition and near brokenness so that I can remember that He is the one who carries me and helps me (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). He lightens my load and makes it to where I am able to carry on (Matthew 11:28). God is my safety blanket that I cling to when I am unsure and afraid (Isaiah 41:10).
He is so loving that He sent His only Son, Jesus (John 3:16), who was God and was man, to live on earth so that we could have an example to follow, and so that we might be saved (John 3:17) from our sinful nature and have a purpose and life eternal in Heaven. Everyone is a sinner. There are no perfect people, yet God wants us anyway (Romans 3:23).
I have been so overwhelmed the past couple of weeks, but remembering the Scriptures, the character of God, and the purpose of the life of Jesus, have helped me through. Also it helps to have friends who are there to support you, lighten your load, and remind you of God’s unending and steadfast love.
I hope you can take away this reminder: God IS faithful, Just, Steadfast, Forgiving, Loving, He cares, He is a fortress for the weak (Proverbs 18:10). It is not in your power and capabilities that you are able to accomplish anything, but through HIS power and strength and might that you are able to carry on and get back up.
Sending strength, courage, and encouragement your way! 🙂 ❤