Thinking About Redemption
The stories of Saul and of David – both kings in ancient Israel - are well known, even to those outside the walls of any church, I would say. Two men, both chosen by God to rule over His people, that both made mistakes but whose stories went down vastly different paths. Saul: an example of a life gone south upon repeatedly disobeying God, making excuses instead of allowing for redemption. David: an example of a life well remembered upon repeatedly obeying God, accepting responsibility when confronted with his misdeeds and his sins. My church’s associate pastor was teaching from 1 Samuel 16 this past week, and over the course of the lesson, I made the following (not verbatim) note:
The great thing about God is when we make mistakes, He has already written a story of redemption for them. We just have to go back to Him.
You know my affinity for stories. So it’s probably not much of a surprise the above snippet about God writing redemption stories has lodged itself in my thoughts. I’ve been mulling it over as I think about my sins and my mistakes. And I’m wondering: What redemption stories has God penned for me? When I get past my trust issues, when I give the parts of my heart I’m rather ashamed of to Him – what story will I see unfolding?