Growing

Mistakes.

We all make them as we travel this road of faith.Jan 5 2015 Growing

The important thing is to learn from each mistake and grow from it.

We see Abraham making a big mistake in Genesis 12 when he shows a lack of trust in God.  He asked Sarai to lie to Pharoah, saying that she was Abram’s sister, not his wife.  Abram was worried that Pharoah would kill him in order to marry Sarai if he knew she was Abram’s wife.

Abram didn’t trust that God would protect him.  He still had to learn that God is in total control of everything – even Pharaohs.

Because of the lies, God had to step in and get Sarai out of Pharoah’s household.  He had to fix the mess that Abram had made.

And we’ll see later that Abram does the exact same thing later.

What?

We’ll even hear him rationalize away his lies – trying to make them not sound so bad.

When is he going to learn?

Does any of this sound like us?

Do we ever make the same mistake twice?  Or 3 times?  We didn’t learn the first time?

Fortunately for us, God has patience with us just like he had patience with Abram.

The good news for Abram is he eventually learned to trust God with everything – even with the life of his promised son, Isaac.

Please help us trust you, dear Father.

Call It What It Is

Today, as we read chapter 5, Isaiah looks us in the eye and says:

‘Trouble is coming to you who play with sin, acting like it’s not sin.

You’re deceiving yourselves.June 23 2014 Too Comfortable

You say that you don’t know what God, the Holy One of Israel, wants from you.”

(If Isaiah was in my livingroom right now, he would point at the Bible on my lap and tell me that I know 98% of what God wants me to know.  I just need to do it and God will tell me the rest as I go).

Isaiah says, ” You’re going to regret it whenever you call evil good.” ( we have a name for this – rationalization.)

“You will have trouble every time you say that darkness is light, every time you say that something bitter is actually sweet.

And you will regret every time you think you are wise and clever when the truth is – you’re not.”

Please help us stop the rationalizations, dear Father.