Do you ever feel like God is ashamed to be called your God? Then keep reading!
Moses failed (Numbers 20:12; Deuteronomy 34).
Abraham failed (Genesis 12:10-20; Genesis 16).
Adam failed (Genesis 3:6).
Sarah failed (Genesis 16).
David failed (2 Samuel 11).
But God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city. ~Hebrews 11:16b
I have been thinking a lot about this verse, as we walk through this difficult season. While praying and seeking the Lord during this time, I have been reminded of my insufficiency yet again.
I am reminded that I am a sinner living in a fallen and broken world made up of sinners just like me. Nevertheless, we are forgiven sinners set free by the blood of Jesus Christ.
I am so thankful that we serve a God who does not keep a detailed record of our sins (Psalm 103:12). His thoughts are not as man’s thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).
- We remember.
- We hold on.
- We demand.
- We resent.
God simply forgives, and in His grace, chooses to not remember our sins (Isaiah 43:25). Instead, He looks to Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Like the leaders of the faith that we read about in Hebrews 11 …
- We too will lack faith.
- We too will sin.
- We too will fail to trust God’s promises.
- We too will take matters into our own hands.
- We too will want to be God of our lives.
And like the leaders of the faith that we read about in Hebrews 11 …
- We too need a Savior.
- We too need Jesus.
And like the leaders of the faith we read about in Hebrews 11 …
- We too will grow in our faith through the trials and sufferings that come our way (James 1:2).
- We too will one day see the face of Jesus.
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
[Jesus] invites you to walk away from trying to figure it out on your own and he welcomes you to sit at his feet and learn the mysteries of the universe; things so profound that you will see your world in a radically new way; things so practical that you will never live the same way again.
You are never in a better place than when you give up on you and begin to trust what is sure: the life-shaping wisdom of the One who built the house in the first place.
~Paul David Tripp’s book Broken-Down House
One day we will be perfect. But until that day, praise God that He is our God and He is not ashamed of us.
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