Curious facts about Bible heroes – 4
Recently we were able to enjoy a wonderful family vacation with some of our small grandchildren – a 4 year old and three 2 year olds! It was great fun and a new experience for them as the two families met up for the first time with their young children. Both sets of grandchildren were used to calling me “Nana” but it was a challenge for them to discover that I was also Nana to the others! I suddenly found myself with four little ones all trying to sit on my lap at the same time! Several times we had to explain the family relationships to the 4 year old, and finally she grudgingly agreed that I was also Nana to her twin cousins, but then she added: “But Nana loves ME, she doesn’t love the twins!”
It just shows how early in life we experience feelings of jealousy, selfishness and the many other natural human sinful emotions. Of course these ARE “natural” – and by definition, part of our “nature”, revealing that “we ALL sin and fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 (NLT) But praise the Lord we do not have to yield to those feelings, but through Jesus Christ we can learn how to overcome them! “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NLT)
This month’s message shares a story that is often overlooked, yet illustrates how even a famous prophet of God allowed himself to fall into deep depression by giving in to his own “natural” feelings!
Be blessed, Shirley