Bouncing Back from Indiscretion
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise"—(Psalm 51:17 NIV).
Are you struggling with a life crisis caused by a personal character flaw, indiscretion, or misstep? Consider the mess Moses got himself into. At age 39, Moses was at the apex of society, status, wealth, and educational pedigree as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter. And then he murdered an Egyptian he saw beating a Hebrew slave. He buried the body and thought he had gotten away with it, but the next day he was exposed, so he fled for his life into the wilderness. Moses went from high society to desert nomad within a day.
Moses probably felt as if his life of significance was over. But even though what he did was wrong, God did not abandon him. God took Moses’ evil and turned it into a means for good by preparing him for the challenge of his life—confronting Pharaoh and demanding that he free the Hebrew slaves.
Perhaps you can relate to what Moses went through. No matter how hard your fall or how serious your character flaw—don’t give up. Turn to the Lord for forgiveness. Then let God shape you and do something powerful in your life. Just as He did for Moses, God still has great plans for your life! There may be long-term negative consequences that you have to face. But if you will let God mold you and shape you into the person He desires you to be, you can be sure that God can use your life for good.