Have you ever felt like a failure? It seems like you had a great opportunity and really blew it! Or you gave in to sin and cannot escape the burden of shame. There are times we have a fight with the devil and get knocked down. Also, there are times where life in general will give you a major “round house punch” to the face. It is interesting how the union soldiers suffered so many major defeats but still won the Civil War. Babe Ruth is known for his dynamite home runs but yet struck out most of the time he was up to bat. You do not have to be defined by your failures but can get up after a fall. Because of God’s grace and mercy we can break free from the prison bars of condemnation.
A powerful act of transformation takes place in Psalms 51:10: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” As King David confessed his sin before God and humbled himself in repentance, a divine work of mercy took place in his heart. Although there were devastating consequences for his sin, God helped David start a new phase in his life. The anointed King of Israel messed up big time! However, he was not defined by his failures but his victories. In the end, God described David as a man after his own heart. He was the conquering King who made Israel great and brought glory to God. All because he was willing to repent before a merciful, loving God and commit his life to Him.
It doesn’t matter how big we blow it or how dark our past. Like Babe Ruth, we may have struck out more than we can count. What matters is that we get back to the plate and keep swinging. Of course we do not want to take advantage of God’s grace. At the same time, his sacrifice was too costly for us to throw in the towel. God has too much invested in us. We should not give up on ourselves and more importantly we cannot give up on God. If we confess our sins to him, he will purify us from all unrighteousness. His mercy endures forever and it will pick us up when we fall. Do not let the devil talk you into making the worst mistake of your life and quit. It is time for you to realize we all have bad days and get back in the game. It would be a shame to let your past rob you of the awesome future God has for you. If you get off the bench and follow God, he will make you a star! With his grace, we can learn from our mistakes and grow stronger. Even now God is able to turn things around for you and do something great with your life.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])