Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges. This week’s topic is part of our series called EPIC where we’ve been exploring how Jesus is found throughout the Old Testament part of the Bible. We’re reading some epic old stories from the Old Testament, some of which you might have heard before, some of which might be new to you. But our hope is that in each of them we’ll see how they’re part of one big epic story: the story of the Bible, the story of the world, God’s story.
Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. That’s why we have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. This means every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with other Christians in community.
I heard an interesting story recently, as told by a Christian financial radio show. They interviewed a man who had been robbing banks. He says he felt a thrill and excitement. If I can paraphrase, his description of the power he felt sounded a lot like he was playing God.
He says this fed into his ego, but all of a sudden, he had a baby in his life. Things changed, and he saw his lifestyle for what it was – emptiness and guilt. He turned himself in.
Amazingly, he described arriving in prison as a huge relief, and as a feeling of peace. He felt free for the first time.
He’s now done his time, and is out and working, and was on this show to celebrate he had paid his restitution of $40k.
You can watch the story here https://www.daveramsey.com/show/videos/clay-tumey-former-bank-robber-turns-his-life-around or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO4VmA-P4kI
We’ll hear a story this week of someone who thought he was a god, one of many gods who provided for the needs of a nation. Yet the true God, Yahweh showed him who the real God was. Unlike the bank robber, though, he refused to change.
Question: When have you come to a sudden realization you were wrong? Did you change or admit anything, or try to cover it up?