Did Peter quit believing after denying Jesus?
Did Moses go back to Egypt after striking the rock?
Did Noah do away with his faith after he drank too much?
Did John Mark give up on spreading the gospel after bailing out the first time?
Did Paul allow his past to keep him from serving God after he realized what he had done?
Did Thomas quit walking in the way after doubting it?
Did Abraham forget about God’s promise after his own plan failed?
Did David quit standing for what was right after doing so much wrong?
Did John the baptizer write off Jesus after a moment of insecurity?
What about us?
There are plenty of people in the Bible who threw it all away never to return to God, but there are plenty of people who fell, and fell hard, but they got back up by God’s grace. They got back up and got back in the game. We need, I need, to know about these people. God’s grace isn’t for perfect people. It’s for perfected people! And reading about these perfected people can give us hope and faith. Hope and faith that the love of God manifested through His Son is genuine. Humanity is made up of humans, and humans err, but may we never err so much that we refuse to confess it. Quit? Heaven isn’t made for the quitters – it’s made for you and me!
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)