Our Women's Bible Study is currently undertaking the privilege of diving head first into the study of Esther. This curriculum was written and taught several years ago by Beth Moore. She is quite the writer and speaker and I'm almost positive most of you have heard of her, seen her on videos of her lessons or perhaps gone through a study or read a book written by her.
It's amazing what God has presented through her willingness to be a vessel for His use. There are constant "nuggets" of knowledge that I hold close from many good teachers, but I have earmarked a few of her statements that I would like to share. You might need to read them a couple of times to truly get the meaning, but let your mind and your heart be open to the message tucked within the lines.
This particular quote emerged to remind us that even those written into Biblical history had faults and failures, but God in His mercy forgave them, cleaned them up and used them for His greater good. I simply adore knowing that imperfect little me finds favor with the Father when I asked forgiveness. God is in the restoration business, friends and I'm so thankful He restores my soul! Thank you, Father, that your snapshots of me in the photo album of life show those moments when I have stood firm on the Rock foundation of Jesus Christ!
"Even those most serious about their pursuit of God and godliness fail to be perfect examples all the time. That's why God is busy conforming us into the likeness of Christ alone. None of the rest of us can bear the burden of constancy. The mystery is not that an earthly hero can still be flawed and fall to cultural pressures, but that God, in His mercy, chooses at times to retain only the snapshots He took when they were standing firm. Then, when students like us flip through the photo album of biblical figures, we can take those moments, if not their entire lives, as beautiful examples."