Week 1: Introduction: Confessions from God’s People Stuck in the Middle

Each of us is somewhere in the middle of our stories. No one’s story is finished, but often I approach situations like I am on the last page of the story and my condition is final.

“Lord, things are just not happening at work the way they are supposed to!”.”

“Lord, I lost my patience again. This is how I am going to be forever.”

“Lord, I just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep. I guess I’ll never know what it feels like to be rested again.”

When I am stuck in the middle of a situation that I can’t seem to figure out the ending, it can feel discouraging. I just want to know how it all turns out. In the middle I struggle to relate to people in the Bible because it all worked out for them. I know how their story ends.

  • I know that Job lost everything, but God had a plan to redeem him, and it all worked out.
  • I know that Nicodemus couldn’t get past his confusion, but Jesus shared with him some of the most famous passages of the Bible, John 3:16.
  • I know that Elizabeth battled with infertility, but in the end, she had a son named John the Baptist.

When we get to the end, we forget the middle.

But the middle is where transformation happens! In these next twelve weeks I want to look at different people of the Bible stuck in the middle. Each week we will observe these four things:

1) The confession of a person in the middle of a difficult situation

2) God’s response to us

3) Questions to ponder

4) Follow up Scripture readings to see how it all turns out

Spoiler alert! They are all happy endings. That spoiler alert doesn’t just apply to these individuals. Every one of our situations has happy endings because God is writing our stories, and we know the end.

You will see the men and women won’t use their names in their confessions. This is because their situation becomes their whole identity. But God always flips our identity from where we are to WHO we are.  God always calls us by name and gives us a new identity as a child of our Heavenly Father. You are not your situation. You are loved, redeemed, and called by name. You are His!

Scripture: Job 42: 7-17, Romans 8:28, Isaiah 43:1b

These are works of creative license and are not excerpts from the Bible. They are works of fiction based on the facts taken from the Bible stories. For your reference, the Scriptures used are listed each day.