You’re Never Too Far Gone

“Oh Wanderer come home, you’re not too far, so lay down your hurt, lay down your heart, come as you are.”
--Crowder, “Come As You Are”

The Bible is full of people who were far from perfect that God used to fulfill His purposes. People that we look up to, who at one point were so far from God that it seemed as though the chasm was too wide to be crossed; yet God in His infinite mercy forgave their iniquities and remembered their sins no more. He didn’t forget—God cannot forget, rather He chose to actively remember their sins no more and the chasm that once existed evaporated.

Whenever we think we have done something so egregious, so horrible that God is so disappointed in us and could not possibly still love us, we should turn to the Scriptures and look at those individuals—humans just like us—who also committed great sins yet were still reconciled and ultimately used by God to fulfill his divine purpose. Let this list give you some comfort and remind you that we serve a loving God who is ready to forgive if you only turn away from your sin and seek forgiveness:

  • Adam, the first man, blamed his bad choice on Eve. (Genesis 3:12)
  • Eve, the first woman, fell for a lie. (Genesis 3:6)
  • Noah had trouble with alcohol. (Genesis 9:20-21)
  • Abraham lied about his relationship with his wife on two different occasions. (Genesis 12 and 20)
  • Sarah, let her husband sleep with another woman and then hated her for it. (Genesis 16)
  • Lot, in his drunkenness, resulted in having relations with both of his daughters. (Genesis 18-20)
  • Isaac, like his father, talked his wife into concealing their marriage. (Genesis 26)
  • Rebekah was very deceitful and manipulative. (Genesis 27)
  • Jacob, as his name means in Hebrew, was pretty much a pathological deceiver. (Genesis 25, 27, 30)
  • Reuben, the pride and firstborn of Jacob, slept with his father’s concubine. (Genesis 35:21)
  • Judah sold his brother into slavery. (Genesis 37:26)
  • Moses let his temper get the best of him. (Exodus 2, 32:19; Numbers 20:11)
  • Aaron formed an abominable idol during the journey in the wilderness. (Exodus 32)
  • Miriam, had sibling jealousy and a greed for power. (Numbers 12)
  • Rahab was a prostitute (Joshua 6:25).
  • Samson, was hopelessly enmeshed with a disloyal wife—and ended up taking his own life. (Judges 16)
  • Eli was a horribly inept father who lost his sons to immorality—and to an untimely death. (1 Samuel 2, 4)
  • Saul, the first and powerful king of Israel, was likely psychotic with manic bursts of anger, episodes of deep depression and traces of paranoia, too. He committed suicide. (1 Samuel 16, 18, 19, 31)
  • David, the friend of God, concealed his adultery with a murder. (2 Samuel 11)
  • Solomon, the wisest man in the world, was arguably the world’s greatest sex addict with 1,000 sexual partners. (1 Kings 11)
  • The prophets, even as they spoke for God, struggled with impurity, depression, unfaithful spouses and broken families.
……and that’s just some examples from the Old Testament.

What does this mean for us?
  1. God’s mercy is bigger than any sin we commit.
  2. God will never give up on us, and regardless of how far we stray, He is waiting for us to turn back to Him.
  3. No matter how messed up your life is at this point, God can still use you if you let Him.

Wanderer, come home.