January 16, 2019
Her name was Tamar. Not much is known about her however the brief account of her life is one that provides hope even when seemingly life deals a bad hand. She was married but had no children. During Tamar’s time a woman’s value was based on her ability to conceive and bear children. Tamar was married three times to three brothers and yet she remained childless. So what did she do? She took matters into her own hands, veiled herself, dressed up like a prostitute, and encouraged her father in law Judah to sleep with her. Tamar conceived as a result of her deceit and became pregnant with twins and one of them named Perez is identified as an ancestor of King David (Ruth 4:18-22). Tamar almost lost her life as a result of her actions but her story is one that reveals the love and mercy of God.
Doing anything against the will of God can leave you feeling defeated. You may ask yourself why you did what you did and believe that there is nothing that can restore your relationship with Him. But that is so far from the true nature of God. God’s word clearly provides a way of redemption “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).” There’s always a way back and God can use your mistakes, bad choices, and mishaps for His good.
God will never give up on you so don’t give up on yourself.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
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