Brandon Rosko, Fmr. Chairman of Deacons, FBC Woodstock

READ Proverbs 7:6-27

Can you think of an example of a weak person falling morally or failing in the Bible?  Don’t hurt yourself trying or spending too much time on Google. There aren’t any. It was always the strong man. Even, many times, God’s man.

Abraham, the man who was counted righteous by believing God’s miraculous promise of countless descendants and worldwide blessing, turns around in the very next chapter and tries to help God out by having a child with a woman who was not his wife [Gen. 16].

Noah got drunk right after being delivered through a worldwide flood of destruction [Gen. 9].

Moses got impatient with the God who had parted the Red Sea and didn’t go into the Promised Land as a result [Num. 20].

David committed adultery and murder after being promised an eternal dynasty [2 Sam. 11].

The list goes on and on including many examples in the New Testament.  Our enemies – the world, the flesh, and the devil – know exactly where we are weak.

Verse 26 in today’s reading states, “For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men.” I tell you all of this to encourage you, not to condemn you. If these great men of the faith had times in their life where they failed miserably, just remember they were men too. They weren’t super heroes! 

Don’t compare your every mistake to their highlight reels. A careful reading of these biblical accounts leaves us with a different picture: we read of people who committed terrible sins and showed surprisingly little faith despite all God’s blessings. It’s people like you and me. We can identify with their weaknesses. God can and will work in us too. 

This is true for examples in the Bible and also for those around you. Our weaknesses lead to strength through our relationship with Christ. “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).

PRAY:
O God, may Your will be done in my life today.  May I not go through another day in my strength, but rather in Yours.  Fill me with Your Spirit and be my Strength, O God.  Help me be more for You by acknowledging my weaknesses before You, a Holy God.  Use me for Your Glory.  In Christ’s name AMEN.

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  • Buddy Hulsey says:

    And we have a biblical responsibility to our fallen brothers/sisters in Christ to RESTORE them NOT AVOID THEM, love them NOT TALK ABOUT THEM, encourage them NOT CONDEMN THEM. Gal. 6:1, John 8:11

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