Have you ever thought to yourself that you have had so many bad experiences in life, or your life is in such a mess with so much brokenness that there is no way possible that God can use you?
To understand fully what I am talking about; think back a little about the biggest blunder you have made in your life. Poor judgement on your part, right?
Think about your most painful disappointments – the ones in which you know if you had only done things a bit different, things would not have worked against you in that way. Now you live with regret everyday.
How about the sins you just committed, that’s right, the ones you are so embarrassed about and are doing all that you can at this moment to cover them up.
Well here is the deal, you are not alone and you are not the only one with the self defeating thoughts that there is no good in you that can be used.
Look at the person sitting or standing next to you. Think about your coworker or the person you just passed on the street corner. They are thinking those thoughts as well.
But the truth is, long before you were born God already knew the path that your life would take. He already knew all of the mess that you would get yourself into. However, He had the plan even before time began of how He would get you out of it, turn your life around and use it for His glory.
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God [Romans 8:28]
EXAMPLES OF INFAMOUS BROKEN, MESSED UP PEOPLE GOD USED
Everyday, there is someone who fit into this profile. Their story is no secret. It’s all over the news and social media.
The story so big it made it to the front page of the neighbourhood news paper, coffee shop and hair salon. Everyone is talking about it.
Bring it to the home front. Many of us bloggers fit into the category perfectly of being broken and messed up in our lives.
And don’t say, “not me.” Tell the truth, it’s why you started a blog in the first instance. 🙂 I am chief among you. If you have been following my blog, you already know my story.
THE CITING OF 4 BIBLICAL EXAMPLES
The bible is filled with stories of these people. Speaking of which, they are even directly linked to the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ who knew no sin, nor was it even remotely possible for Him to do any wrong. Yet the bible have listed them as His blood family.
1. King David was an adulterer and a murderer, could you imagine that? He had an affair with another man’s wife Bathsheba and had her husband murdered just so he could cover up their affair. That romantic fling produced a child.
2. Tamar was a total ‘hot’ mess. She was seduced by a relative. She had not one but two husbands – both of them total jerks. She lived the life like a harlot. Her story was weaved with trickery, very explicit and scandalous. She simply had a very bad reputation. Yet God found good in her to use. You can read her story in Genesis 38.
3. Rahab was an unlikely character in the bible that God chose to honour despite her infamous profession. She was a prostitute. Her story was known all over the city. But God used her to do the right thing in hiding some godly men in her home from the enemy who wanted to kill them. Rahab’s story can be found in Joshua 2-6.
4. Moses was a cold blooded murderer who killed an Egyptian and then tried to bury the body so he could conceal his crime. The guy had serious anger management issues. He just did not know how to control his temper. Yet God used him in such a mighty way. He became one of the greatest leaders and writers of all time and penned the first five books of the bible.
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them. -Confucius
GOD SEES THE GREATNESS INSIDE YOUR BROKENESS AND IS ABOUT TO USE IT FOR GOOD
These and many other stories are proof of how God can weave your faults, shortcomings, failures, mistakes, fears, disappointments, hurts, pain and even your sins into His plans for good in your life and the life of someone else. Simply awesome!
No need to hide in the closet what He already has plans for. No need to feel ashamed about what you screwed up on when He already has the plan of escape. Surrender everything to Him because there is greatness inside your brokenness.
TALK IT OVER
In what ways have you seen God use your mess, brokenness, disappointments or failures for good in your life or that of someone else?
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