Devotional – With A Nature Like Ours

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O Lord, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me.  ~ Jeremiah 20:7 ESV

We may be tempted to think that the heroes of the Bible, such as the prophet Jeremiah, were invincible, even indefatigable spiritual giants.  Servants of God who never worried, were consistently fearless, and never tired of the Lord’s work.

We can easily grow discouraged, even depressed, in our service for the Lord when we think we have failed Him. “Why am I afraid to witness?” “Why didn’t I speak up and give a word for the Lord?” “Why did I go along with crowd and do what I knew was wrong?”

However the Bible does not portray the heroes of the faith as superhuman or super-spiritual.  Absolutely not. The Bible never glosses over the failures, shortcomings, or weaknesses of His servants.

Consider the following:

  • Elijah became depressed and suicidal ~1 Kings 19:4
  • David committed adultery and murder ~ 2 Samuel 12:7
  • Paul had his thorn in the flesh ~ 2 Corinthians 12:7
  • Thomas doubted the Lord had risen from the dead ~ John 20:25
  • Peter denied the Lord Jesus Christ. Three times. ~ Luke 22:61
  • Noah drank to the point of intoxication ~ Genesis 9:21
  • Paul and Barnabas went their separate ways after a fierce argument ~ Acts 15:39

Jeremiah often grew fearful and discouraged. At times Jeremiah questioned his calling—even accusing the Lord of using deception to lure him into the ministry (Jeremiah 20:7).

Clearly the heroes of the Bible were neither superhuman nor super-spiritual. Rather they were men and women “with a nature like ours.” James 5:17.

Lord, help me to go forth today in the power of Your strength.   Thank you for Your deep and abiding love!  Help me to ever keep my eyes squarely focused on you, that I may not grow discouraged.

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Editorial note: Originally published March 26, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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