Ever feel like you don’t quite measure up? I do.
I will be the first to tell you that I don’t have a college degree and that my GED was hard won at the age of 17 and 8 months pregnant. At this point I knew I’d need every advantage. From my pre-teen years through my mid 30’s I allowed people to make me feel less than second class. It’s no surprise I have issues I still battle with.
But there is something I’ve got that books simply can’t teach and that’s tenacity, which is a nice way of saying I’m stubborn. I’ve gone to great lengths to prove myself, even to my own detriment and it’s been exhausting.
In the weariness from failing on my own, I turned back to God and His word. Imagine my relief and yes, even joy when I encountered Rahab. Not only did God use Rahab, a woman of ill repute, to help His people gain a victory, she became a link in the lineage of Jesus! I went on to meet the Woman at the Well and Mary Magdalene – I was astounded to read how Jesus not only loved these women, He forgave them and used them to further His Kingdom! He associated with those women…those less than second class women. People you’d least expect and I found hope!
Trying to please people rather than God is a nasty habit and incredibly hard to break. Do you know it’s actually easier to please God? He already knows we aren’t perfect.
It’s amazing to realize we don’t have to measure up, or have degrees, or understand every aspect of the Bible to gain salvation. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful to those scholars who can take Scripture and broaden my understanding. True Christianity leads to the desire for a changed lifestyle and to be in the Word, its saying yes to a God who wants to use YOU in His kingdom. God gave us all we need to obtain eternal life…He gave us Jesus.
So go, meet Rahab…her story can be found in the Bible in Joshua chapter 2, you may want to thank her too!
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand!!” Psalm 40:2
Patti D. Hemphill