A prostitute in Jerhico. King David. An adulterous Samaritan woman. The people of Samaria. A royal official. What do all of these people have in common? They all definitely have their faults. In their respective periods of time, they would not have been looked upon as being model citizens for followers of God. Rahab and Samaritan woman were both adulterers, and we are all very familiar with seventh commandment regarding those sorts of relationships. King David saw to it that Uriah would be killed in action so that he could take Bathsheba as his wife. He also is known to have had several wives. And in the times of Jesus, the Jewish people were as likely to interact kindly with the Samaritan people like a pride of hungry lions at an antelope convention.
But, despite the shortcomings of all of the characters in these passages, God still used THEM to further his kingdom. We see this time and time again throughout the Bible. One of the most important biblical characters, Paul, oversaw the execution of countless Christians, before having his eyes opened. So, if God’s grace and mercy and compassion can bring hope to these characters of the Bible, how much does He have in store for you and me? I would say quite a bit.
Right in line with the last chapter or two of “Anxious for Nothing” by Max Lucado, the things of the past for us are just that; in the past. We cannot hold on to our past mistakes. Nor can we give much concern to what may come in the future. Read in Matthew 6:26-30 what Jesus had to say about concerns for the future. All we have is the here and now. We can leave our faults of the past and our worries about the future with God, and trust that He will take care of all of that for us. Therefore, we can simply live for the here and now and do our best to live a life worthy of Christ.