I write this with a heavy heart. A very heavy heart.
It seems that every year I hear of a friend who has fallen morally, a church leader who has led his church in a harmful manner, or a ‘celebrity’ pastor who has had to take time out. It seems at times that everyone I have looked up to or been influenced by, fall.
At the moment I am going through a time of seeing this even more clearly.
I have a heavy heart.
Have you experienced this?
Are you experiencing this?
If you are, here are some thoughts that are helping me through this:
- God is still on His throne
- I placed them on a throne
- Am I on a throne?
No matter what happens, God is still God. He is still sovereign. Reading through the history of Israel you will see a people who continually rebel and fall, but God is always in control. Indeed, Jesus was clear – He will build His church! We need to remember and trust in this truth.
For someone to fall in our opinion he had to be high in our opinion. That is, of all the men that have ‘fallen’, I had put them on a peda-stool. I expected more of them. I did not believe they needed grace. Thus, in some cases I have been an accessory to their fall.
I need to make sure that I don’t think that I will never fall. I need to remember that it is only the grace of God that keeps me. Pride goes before a fall!
Where does this lead me?
In a nut shell…be gracious. Show grace, trust in grace, live in grace.