I woke up this morning and my phone was telling me that it scanned the Bible and found no threats. I have to admit I smiled!
I found myself thinking about it quite a bit today; mostly because there was a point in my life where I couldn’t read my Bible without feeling defeated.
I knew about God’s grace but believed that because I was a christian I should be able to be “perfect” but perfection was elusive to my grasp. I found it slipping away no matter how hard I tried. I wanted nothing more than to please God, but every time I turned around it seemed as though I had failed. I even thought that maybe I wasn’t really a christian and perhaps I should try asking Jesus to be my savior again.
I told myself I was silly with those thoughts but the feelings of defeat and despair haunted me. Until I learned…….
That God’s grace goes forward just as much as it goes backwards.
No this is not a license to go do whatever I want and it doesn’t mean that I won’t reap what I sow. What it does do is remove the fear of failure! Rather than being concerned about doing the right thing in every situation I am free to be me and can accept my imperfections knowing that God is perfecting me over time not instantly…..
Now I read the Bible and rather than seeing a list of rules to live by I see advice that if I choose to follow will help me prosper. This doesn’t mean life will always work out when I do the right thing but my chance to succeed will be greater if I do it God’s way.
So my smile this morning was because I know the Bible holds hundreds of little secrets to help me live my life better. Secrets that God reveals to me exactly when I need to know them. Secrets that heal the broken parts of my life and bring life to the dead. Secrets that spare me pain and most of all bring me joy when nothing else can.
So the thought of the Bible threatening me was actually funny and I caught a glimpse of my own growth over the last five years.