Extraordinary Minus God Equals Failure

Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law! I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me. I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame! I will run in the way of Your commandments when you enlarge my heart. — Psalm 119:29-32

Aren’t you glad that God’s Word doesn’t picture the lives of Bible saints like some glossy retouched photos? God portrays people just as they were. They faced the same type of problems and responded in similar ways as we do.

Now, it’s easy to tell you how ordinary David was when he was just a shepherd growing up on the family farm. Although he was a great man of faith, the fact is he was just an ordinary guy.  He spiraled fast when he stepped away from the extraordinary—found in his relationship with God. 

If you find yourself thinking, “Man, if David—the man who loved God so much—could walk away from God’s path, then anyone can.” Ding. That’s the right answer. Anyone can. Apart from God’s extraordinary resources, we all become so ordinary, so fast.

Prosperous times produce passive wills. This is where David got off track. “In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel” (2 Samuel 11:1). The text doesn’t tell us why David stayed in Jerusalem. Few of us can handle the temptation of inactivity. In our passivity, we wander around and start thinking, “Do I like my life? Do I like my wife? Do I like my house?  Would I be happier in a different house or with a different wife or in another life?” 

So these are ordinary temptations. What’s the remedy? Be proactive in your walk with God. Seek after God with all your heart. None of us can afford to be casual or indifferent about our walk with the Lord.

The crises of life reveal what’s been happening for a long time. While it may appear that David drove over a cliff in about six minutes, he didn’t. He made a lot of bad choices over a long period of time. He allowed his heart to become casual, passive, and indifferent, and as a result, he became vulnerable to a moral fall. 

Protect your life today, do the right thing even if you don’t feel like it. Seek after God with all your heart and you will find Him. —James MacDonald


  • Is there any area of my life where I am getting off track? Is there anyone I can ask to hold me accountable?
  • When I have the time, am I asking myself how happy I am? What might be a better way to use my thoughts?

Prayer: Father, it’s so obvious that I am quite an ordinary sinner when I look at my life. It’s comforting and convicting to know that a “man after God’s heart” can fall so far. Help me to see areas of my life where I am prone to fall. Forgive me when I do, and help me get back in line with Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.