Tuesday - November 8, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: Romans 7:7-25
Have you ever felt as thought your spiritual life is just one big roller coaster ride? You might hear a great lesson that puts you on the up and up spiritually, motivated to serve, and willing to sacrifice on Sunday evening at 6:30. However, when you wake up Monday morning you feel so far away from God because of a weak moment or lapse in your judgment. I think I described everyone who has decided to give his or her life to God.
The good news is that we are not alone. The Bible is full of examples of servants of God who were able to “move mountains,” so to speak, with their faith one day, only to find themselves wallowing in their own pit of doubt. In 1 Kings 18, we can see Elijah’s monumental day of defeating the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, and then his feelings of loneliness and depression just one chapter later. There’s Moses—armed with the great I AM and his staff, turned snake, turned staff—who boldly goes to Pharaoh asking for the Israelites’ freedom. Next, Exodus 5:1 tells us of his reaction with a sounding, “No!” and instead, is answered with an increased workload just a few verses later. Paul, in Romans 7, describes a battle that rages within his nature of flesh and spirit.
Application: The fact is, as long as we are in this life, we are on a figurative roller coaster! The good news is that there will be a day when the ride stops and it is time for us to get off for good. Then we will either spend eternity in the peaks of Heaven or in the valleys of Hell. Endure my brethren, endure!