Daily Bible Reading: Acts 9
“Looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity].” Hebrews 12:2a AMP
As we watched the Seahawks game against Minnesota, holding our breath, waiting for the kicked football to pass through the uprights and for the referees to call the game in the Vikings favor, we were surprised when the unexpected happened; Walsh missed the field goal and with that, the Vikings were out of the playoffs and the Seahawks won! It was what most would call a defining moment and unfortunately, for Walsh, I am sure it is a moment in his life and career that he will have to come to recon with, forgive himself, and not allow it to define him as a Kicker, Player, and man.
Have you ever had a time in your life where you feel as if you have made choices where people have told you they expected something different from you? Have you made mistakes which impacted yourself and others in such a way that there was deep disappointment? Or have you ever made poor decisions that resulted in leaving you wondering if you would be able to recover?
There have been times in my life where I felt like I knew better, should’ve been able to handle something better, perform better or make a different decision, but didn’t. I have been through things where I began to doubt if it was possible for God to forgive me or for my life to ever be “OK” again. However, I have found that it was in those times (yes, plural) where I learned the most about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness and that although obedience is what God requires of us, His love and faithfulness is not driven or dependent by our performance.
We were challenged in this week’s Message at church to ‘Commit to Growth’. What that looks like, the tools we choose (Growth Groups, Financial Commitments, Re Engage, Serving, etc.), and how it is played out in our lives is different for everyone. However, we know that God is patient. (The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. II Peter 2:9)
In the midst of the “Wide Lefts” in our lives, God remains committed to helping us grow in Him and in His grace. It is in those moments of questioning our self-worth, who we are, and even who God is, that we are encouraged to trust in Him and lean on and into Him because God promised us that He would be faithful to finish the good work He started. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”