Step 8: We are looking closely at the lives of famous men and women of the Bible who turned out to be ordinary sinners like us.
I grew up on Bible stories. We celebrated these bible heroes every week in church. But at some point, I found out the rest of the story, and the rest of the story was not so good. Did finding out about these human weaknesses and sinful lapses endanger my faith? No. Instead of losing heart, I gained it. I was simply relieved to find out how human and infallible these people were after all. I saw them in a different light because I was learning that God operates through human imperfection. Our lives are not built on laws and principles; they are built on a consistent, compassionate God who somehow works in and around our human failures to work His perfect will in our imperfect lives. Heb 11; 1 Cor 1:27-29; Luke 10:1, 17-20
If the Bible tells the whole story, then we need to tell the whole story, too, about our own lives. We get it right sometimes and we get it wrong sometimes. But when we get it right, it is because we are depending on God’s strength and presence in our lives, not on anything in and of ourselves. Num 20:7-12; 1 Chr 22:7-9; Psa 119:5; Isa 48:11; Jam 4:6;
The stories of The Bible read like our lives and give us courage, not because they are about great people whom we admire, but because they are about ordinary people who have a great God. Rom 7:18; Phil 4:13; Zech 4:6; Matt 23:12; 2 Cor 12:9;