The Nountaineer

Many Sorrows Today

Our Lives often contain moderate to significant degrees of disappointments that are generally speaking, acquired during normal aspects of human growth. We are often  being modeled into moderately well-rounded adolescents, that is if we are given the necessary love and nurture that all human beings need in our formative years. If we are given half a chance to excel in this fast paced, pressure filled life, then we may have what it takes to be a success in whatever path that we choose. In this modern society with it’s modern day role models, our children  struggle to compete for dominance among their peers  in a variety of areas including sports. Hopefully, they will aspire for greatness in a healthy way. All too often, these so-called role models are athletes that themselves did not have good examples of what a role model should be. These sports stars turn out to have feet of clay, and are eventually overwhelmed by their success and fall into sin. What then are our children to think when their so-called heroes get into trouble and get caught living immoral lives? Our society sells news stories that in some ways tend to glorify their actions and give our children a false example of what is “good”. We do not have real heroes today, those who actually set the good examples that our children need, therefore they end up getting into trouble themselves. Where then will  the true heroes come from? The only true source of the kind of examples that our children need must come from the Bible! The Bible is full of examples of Godly men and women who followed the examples that God provided in his word and succeeded and still are models for our children today like King David. But even David had feet of clay and took his eyes off of God and sinned greatly! Almost all the heroes from the Bible failed in some way in their lives but God forgave them when they recognized their sin and repented while humbling themselves before God therefore God forgave them and gave then another chance. There are also in the Bible, examples of those who God chose for greatness, who also failed miserably like Samson. If we will use the traditional examples of the Biblical heroes that the Bible provides for our children then they will learn that no man is perfect and that they too will be forgiven by God, if they will only humble themselves in prayer.  For God’s forgiveness is something that He promises that He will do under certain circumstances. First, we must receive His forgiveness by “Faith”, but not just any kind of faith. It must be based on Faith in the “Greatest Sacrifice in The World”, which is the great sacrifice that Christ Jesus made on that tree between two thieves.  A “blood sacrifice” had to be made to pay for our sins. We can not have the necessary means to do this in our own strength. It is by the “Power of God” alone, which was planned to take place before the world began.