Redemption Story: Introduction
Genesis 5:20a “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it it for good...”
Questions for Reflection
- What are some valleys you have experienced in your life?
- Has your disappointment in yourself held kept you from seeing how God can use you? How?
- How have you seen God's redemptive power change the story of your life? How is it currently changing your story?
If you’re a guy like me, you love a good movie with a redemption story. The Last Samurai, Logan, Warrior, these are all great tales of men who overcame their circumstances, their flaws in character, and were somehow redeemed in the end. Those types of movies fill me with adrenaline and emotion, make me want to go conquer dragons, and be the man God called me to be.
We’ve all had our valleys in life. Some of us have even fallen from the mountain top. But the great news is, God doesn’t use perfect people for His mission. He uses the willing. You and I can find our redemption story too, no matter what loss we’ve faced, what struggle we’ve found ourselves in, or what mistakes we’ve made. It’s never too late to be redeemed. I’m going to get a bit personal in this devotional series, speaking from some of my experiences with failure, but we’ll also be looking into the redemption stories of several major characters in the Bible.
When sold into slavery by his own brothers, Joseph found himself in charge over the land in which he had been sold. A man after God’s own heart, David committed great sins but still found his way back to the Father. Peter, the disciple who denied Jesus, went on to lead thousands to believe. Saul of Tarsus, murderer and condemner of Christians, became one of the greatest missionaries this world has ever known. And Jesus, God incarnate, was tried for crimes He did not commit, sentenced to death, and killed in a brutal manner. But that was not the end of His story.
As we study the lives of these men and their great stories of redemption, maybe you’ll identify yourself in some of it. Maybe you’ll relate to their failures, sins, or circumstances. That’s my hope. And as I share some of my own story along the way, I pray that you’ll see the power of God working in your own story, because your story is not over either.