Literature has brought us some great villains: The Wicked Witch of the West, Captain Ahab, Lady Macbeth, Hannibal Lector, Voldemort, Richard III, Annie Wilkes, Christopher Robin (Wasn’t he terrorizing those cute little animals?).
As one author put it, “The only difference between a hero and a villain is who is telling the story.”
The Bible has a lot of villains: Goliath, Jezebel, Pharaoh, Saul of Tarsus, Ahab, Haman, Cain, Judas, Delilah, the Philistines, Caesar, Herod.
There is a very clear line in the sand between right and wrong, good and evil, hero and villain.
The Bible might call villainy by the name Jezebel or Goliath, but at the core of these stories is a lesson on fear, rejection, isolation, control, addiction, failures, mistakes, change, failed expectations, timidity.
As much as things change, they do stay the same. We live in a world, and we are people susceptible to such crippling obstacles.
Three out of four Americans reported that they had experienced at least one stress symptom in the last month. The leading cause of stress today is money, work, health, relationships, sleep deprivation, and the future.
What we fail to see, often in the middle of the conflict and chaos of these crippling obstacles, is that they are preventing us from living our life in the way God designed.
And so, we are entering into a conversation entitled, “Dumping Jezebel: Boldly Stepping Beyond Life’s Greatest Obstacles.” Each week, we are focusing one many of the fiercest emotional obstacles that prevent us from living the way God desires.
The series begins May 31.