- Joseph, and how the betrayal of his youth became the seque to his seat of power.
- Samson, and how the folly of his lustful leanings became the platform for his valor.
- Naomi, and how the sorrows of her losses became a milestone in God's salvation plan.
- David, and how the short-sightedness of his desires became the source of his vision.
I also think of ...
- Pharoah Ramses, and how his arrogance led to a nation's - Egypt - demise.
- King Saul, and how conceit cost him his favor with God as well as his throne.
- Haman, and how his anti-semitism led to his own death.
- Jezebel, and how her power-hungry madness left her ravaged by dogs.
No doubt others come to your own mind; the lists are endless. They each represent history, and destiny, and legacy. It would seem we all leave something behind - either noble or ignoble. It would also seem that our estate has everything to do with how we respond to God's good news.
For the grace of God that brings
salvation has appeared to all men.
It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness
and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled,
upright and godly lives in this present age,
while we wait for the blessed hope —
the glorious appearing of our great
God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to redeem us
from all wickedness and to purify for himself
a people that are his very own,
eager to do what is good.
Titus 2: 11-14
"But the more we search the Scriptures, the more we perceive, in this doctrine, the fundamental truth of the gospel - that truth which gives to redemption its character, and to all other truths their real power." John Nelson Darby
I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand
upon the earth.
It's amazing (and humbling) to think that my personal redemption is something I cannot affect in any way, shape or form. I can redeem things, but not souls. There is but one Redeemer, and that wouldn't be me.
Therefore, His destiny becomes my legacy, redeeming the entirety of my history. From there, He forms the extremely personal legacy I leave. I'd rather have what He crafts than what I can grip any day.
Now that's an estate worth having!