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Spiritual Giants

If we list the “who’s who” of the Old Testament, we might start with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David. What can we learn from these spiritual “giants”?

God’s friend, Abraham (James 2:23), was credited with righteousness because he believed God (Rom. 4:3), but he had trouble with repetitive lying (Gen. 12 and 20). Isaac’s name means “he laughs” which sounds great, until we learn the Hebrew means he laughs as if mocking. Jacob teamed up with his Mom to deceive his Dad into getting brother’s birthright (Gen. 27).
Moses was chosen to do God’s miraculous signs (Ex. 4), but he was a hothead (Ex. 2) and insecure (Ex. 3). David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), yet he chose adultery and then chose murder to cover it up (2 Sam. 11). These are the forefathers of our faith? Yes. These men are listed in Hebrews “Hall of Faith” (chapter 11).

Feeling unworthy? Weak? Take your place in line … our faith will always be about His strength in our weakness, His glory, His power at work in us. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us” (2 Cor. 4:7). That’s you and me. Jars of clay, yet full of potential to be spiritual giants.

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He's Weaving

Growing up, I learned how to sew. But sometimes I didn’t follow the pattern and took shortcuts, and it showed. I ended up ripping out the misplaced, misaligned stitches. This is a stark contrast to God, who doesn’t ever need to rip out or re-do anything that He allows.
 
Sometimes we see our lives in terms of failures, missed opportunities, inadequacies, sin. Sometimes we truly are victims, and life in a Genesis 3 world can be very unkind. But God works it ALL for good, bringing beauty from ashes: “to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified” (Isaiah 61:3).

We look at the tapestry of our lives and despise the muddy browns and drab greens. We want to rip some of our days out of the fabric entirely. Yet God is weaving and continually saying “I can work with that.” He’s never surprised, never caught off guard.
 
Some (blessed) days, I believe I can almost see the fine, divine threads, woven in and out of my daily circumstances. Father, weave it all into a pattern for our good and Your great glory. Help us notice the colors and patterns you select, or allow, even the ones we would not choose, and just trust Your sovereign ability … to weave.

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