Despite the Flaws

By: Gabriela Yareliz

In the Bible, we see men and women presented with all of their flaws and beauty; in their darkest moments and in their highest points. Why so?

“But seeing where they struggled and fell, where they took heart again and conquered through the grace of God, we are encouraged and led to press over the obstacles that degenerate nature places in our way.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, pg. 12

This new year:

Be like Abraham; show a faith that breaks you and leaves you stronger.

Be like Jacob, and don’t let go until you are blessed.

Be like Hannah, and demand God’s intervention.

Be like David, and allow God’s power to shine through the simple as it defeats what others see as mighty.

Be like Solomon, and ask God for what matters most.

Be like Job, and never doubt God no matter what happens to you; stay faithful.

Be like Daniel, and pray without ceasing.

Be like Joseph, and pursue the dream God has placed in your heart, even if it comes in unexpected ways.

Be like Moses, and allow God to prepare and change you while you wander a desert.

Be like Noah, and build in faith, disregarding what other say.

Be like Ruth, and be determined to follow God to wherever He leads you.

Be like Mary, and shine as peculiar among many.

Be like the disciples, who left the familiar and comfortable to follow God Himself.

Be like Paul, and allow God to find you where you are; find your sight in what others see as blindness.

Be like Peter, and allow God to take your weaknesses, so He can turn you into a rock.

Be like John, and spread the message of God’s love and mercy to the world.

Be like those mentioned above, who were flawed but were found and transformed.

“God will do marvelous things for those who trust in Him. It is because His professed people trust so much to their own wisdom, and do not give the Lord an opportunity to reveal His power in their behalf, that they have no more strength. He will help His believing children in every emergency if they will place their entire confidence in Him and implicitly obey Him.” Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, pg. 162, 163.

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