Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 3)
Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God's children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Romans 8:20-22 (NLT)
From the dawn of recorded history, earth's creatures, cultures, people and nations faced manmade and natural disasters: the destruction of life as they knew it.
But one good thing is seen in disasters, a bright spot in the midst of suffering, a hope inspiring others to rally, a passion seldom seen at other times... are the heroes standing up in the fray.
Of crucial and reflective importance is how God describes the Bible's heroes:
* Most were unlikely and unqualified. They weren't raised among prestigious people with higher educations and awards. Most weren't noticed or regarded at all.
* They were extraordinarily humble, and for the few who weren't... they got humble and repented at their Lord's correction. Fullness in God is emptiness of self.
* As God reveals their dramatic stories, He doesn't paint them as perfect people. While we clearly see their godly virtues, we're also shown their frailties and failings.
* Even God's sinless Son wasn't perfect. He was made 'Perfect through what He suffered' (Hebrews 2:10, NIV), which included His pre-arrest torment in the garden when He asked to be spared, but yielded to His Father's decision.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.