This was a Bible Study I have been working on this week. Wanted to share. There are times you will make mistakes. It is often said in business it is not that you made the mistake, it is how you recovered from it. However, this is a truth that applies not just in business, but life generally. Or as I would say, Life Lesson 359.
When I Feel Like I don’t Measure Up. How often do we feel like that? As I think about it, I immediately have 20 or 30 things that come to mind where I feel like I do not measure up. If you have the book, please read Chapter 3. It is so awesome! She tells such a perfect story of making 100 individually wrapped brownies for her kids school. Once she goes through the stress of making these brownies, she realizes, when she is out of time, the brownies have nuts in them, and the school has a no nut policy. She had overlooked this when she went to make the brownies. have you ever had an everyday experience where something generally small made you feel like a complete failure? Lysa mentions she felt like God somehow let her down by not reminding her of this item. WOW!!!!!!!! I very recently felt just like that. Why didn’t God help me do this or that better? Didn’t he know I was making a mistake? Maybe I didn’t intentionally put the “nuts in the brownies”, but none the less, it is what it is. Lysa asks a question at this point. Looking back, how could you make the choice to see Jesus in the midst of the mess? Lysa states Satan delights in our feelings of inadequacy. He wants us to stay there. What do you think about that statement? Easy for us to stay there. Lysa states because she fails at things doesn’t mean she is a failure. She is still a loving mom, giving person. She still takes her responsibilities seriously. She unwittingly made a mistake. She says she separates her circumstance from her identity. I like that. She recognizes she will make mistakes, whether she means to or not. In those moments, she needs to recognize they are her circumstances. They do not define her. She knows who she is. She reflects on Proverbs 24:16 “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” What is the one word used her to describe the man in this verse? What does the word righteous mean? What happens to this man? The word fell in this verse is “naphal” in the Hebrew language which gives us the message he didn’t mean to fall, but he did. From the verse, what is the man’s reaction to his fall? How can this verse be an inspiration to us?