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I once shared about Elijah, how he was just a human being like us, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. (James 5:17) I remember telling God to give me such strong faith, wanting to be like Elijah. I have also shared about Peter, especially when He walked on water, what a moment! If that happened in this century, all photographers would want to capture that moment, when Peter is right there, walking on water with his eyes on Jesus. (Matthew 14:22-33) Then there is David, a young boy who killed a huge giant, Goliath: A story that I have been told over and over again since I was a child. David the Hero! (1 Samuel 17) The Bible is full of heroic stories, people with great faith, their strengths and acts of obedience have been recorded. However, they were not perfect, their mistakes and weaknesses are also recorded.
We also need to know this, the Elijah who earnestly prayed for the rain is the same one who says ‘I have had enough, Lord, take my life, I am not better than my ancestors’ (1Kings 19:4) The Peter who walked on water, is the same one who denies knowing Jesus three times. (Luke 22:54) The David who killed Goliath is the same one who committed adultery with Uriah’s wife and plotted Uriah’s murder? (2 Samuel 11) These are just a few examples, in fact, God is not known to use perfect people, He is not looking for those who have everything figured out. Instead He uses the weak and broken, He uses those who have made mistakes, who do not deserve a second chance. God thrives in using the weak to shame the strong, the unwise to shame the wise.
As we admire Bible characters and try emulating their faith, we should be well aware that they were not perfect, they were not ‘mistake-less’, they were human beings just like us. Don’t beat yourself up and ran away from God because of your past mistakes, because of past failure and current struggles. Don’t despise what seems weak. God is able to use you to bring giants down. Don’t focus on that single moment of fear that you had, God is able to use that faith, as small as a mustard seed to move mountains around you. If today you look at yourself as weak, especially compared to others around you, then congratulations! You are a candidate to be used as a vessel for greatness. You are the kind that prays and it rains.
We also need to know that after the miracles have happened, faith should be maintained. Don’t lose your guard, keep the faith, and keep depending on God, not the javelin and the swords. It is very possible to walk out of a miracle right into sin. It is very possible to encourage others daily, but spend sleepless nights, hopeless, suicidal and defeated. This is because our war is not against flesh and blood, when God uses you, satan is aware and he is prowling all over looking for someone to devour. Stay alert! Just because you walked on water does not make you immune to fear and temptations, just because you killed Goliath does not make you immune to lust. Keep your guard up.
You are never too strong to be tempted. You are never too weak to be used by God. In Christ we boast in our weaknesses, because He is our strength.