Faith of the Flawed

How often have I failed God? How often I have I been used of God?

We hear He’s a God of 2nd chances. Oh, so much more, 3rd, 4th, 100th! 70 times 70?

There is good news, and there is hope in that.

I was reading in the Bible book of Hebrews, chapter 11, that which is the “roll call of faith.”

Let’s see who we have:

Noah “found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”  Noah became drunk, “uncovered himself,” and ended up placing a curse on his grandson.

Abraham “believed in the LORD; and He credited it to him as righteousness.” Abraham, without a son, chose to father a son by his wife’s handmaid.

Jacob favored one of his sons – Joseph.

Moses rashly struck the rock and was unable to enter the promised land.

Gideon who had to test God with the fleece – twice.

Jephthah who sacrificed his daughter.

David, the man after God’s own heart, an adulterer and murderer.

These and more are listed in the roll call of faith. They had faith in God. All of them were flawed.

It is a blessing to know that God has used and blessed the flawed. That means that God can love us, lead us, and use us for we, too, are flawed.

1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt,
Yonder on Calvary’s mount out-poured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

2. Dark is the stain that we cannot hide,
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! there is flowing a crimson tide;
Whiter than snow you may be today.

3. Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe;
All who are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;<
Grace, grace, God’s grace,
Grace that is greater than all our sin.

(“Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord” by Julia H. Johnston)

Blessings,
Richard

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