Despite mistakes

Bible Reading: Read Exodus 3:7-15
Author: Wade Webster (Texas, US)
Sunday 4 November 2018 © The Upper Room.
A friend of mine bought a house to renovate. When he had rebuilt the walls, I came in to paint the rooms. The first thing I had to do was to put filler in all the cracks. Since Dan knew how many cracks he had left, he was impressed with how the job looked after I smoothed the filler into place – and even more excited after he saw each painted wall.

At one point I was halfway through my work on a wall when I took a break to rest my back. Because many of the cracks were not yet filled, I thought, ‘I hope Dan doesn’t walk in now; he’d probably fire me!’ Then I thought about my own life: recently divorced, too many credit cards used to their limit, a bankruptcy in my past. God should fire me too.

Then I remembered that God didn’t fire Moses, even after he had killed a man. In fact, one day God chose Moses to lead the children of Israel to the Promised Land. He used Moses, a murderer, for divine work – and he can use each of us too. Our past mistakes don’t have to prevent us from serving God. The future has yet to be written, and he can call any one of us to accomplish divine work.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank you for calling us to divine work despite our mistakes. Use us to build your kingdom for Jesus’ sake. Amen
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