Missing the Mark

Why do you complain against me? You have all rebelled against me, says the Lord. 
Jeremiah 2:29
We're quick to point out others' faults. Sometimes we're even bold enough to try to point out God's faults. We're not necessarily so good at recognizing our own. But for all the negativity we say we find in the Bible, we have to admit that it's right: All of us have fallen short of God's plans for us. 

The Greek more literally says that we've missed the mark and are found wanting. Maybe if we used this translation, we could more easily accept this truth, since it acknowledges that we're at least trying to get it right.

But admitting that we're wrong is part of what it means to be a mature Christian... or even a reasonably well adjusted adult. It's also the first step we need to take to realize that God loves us. God doesn't love us because we always hit it on the nose. God loves us despite our shortcomings, our mistakes, our wrongdoings. This is the gift of God. This is the grace of Jesus Christ.

Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
 Romans 3:23-24
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
 See Luke 18:13
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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