The Roof Will Collapse!


Growing up, my grandfather always told me that he could not come to church with us because, if he did, “The roof would collapse” on everybody. He told me that he had done many things that made God mad. As a young child, I accepted that and wondered what he had done that was so bad. As I grew older and obeyed the Gospel, I began to study more of God’s Word and the people in the Bible.

I wondered! Had my grandfather committed adultery with a married woman, and then killed her husband in an attempt to cover it up? David did that, but he is remembered as “a man after God’s own heart.” (2 Samuel 11 and 12)

Did my grandfather imprison Christians and have them killed? Saul of Tarsus did that but later became the Apostle Paul. (Acts 22:3-4)

Did he forsake Paul and Barnabas as John Mark did on the first missionary journey? Paul later writes, “Mark is profitable to me for ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:11)

Did my grandfather burn babies to idols and worship idols like King Manasseh did? Yet near the end of his life, he humbled himself and repented. God had mercy on him and delayed judgment.

(2 Chronicles 33:1-13)

Was he like the “Prodigal Son” who squandered his money with sinful living and ended up eating slop with the pigs? Yet, it says that he “came to himself” and repented. His father welcomed him home. (Luke 15)

It is not what you have done. It is, “Will you repent?” When you repent and come back to God and obey his commandments, He will always be there. His goodness and His mercy endures forever. (Psalm 100:5, Psalm 103: 17, Ephesians 2:4-5)

“The roof will not collapse” on you. It did not on David, Paul, John Mark, King Manasseh, or the prodigal son. God welcomes His children home when they repent, obey His commandments, and return to Him. Never think that you are so bad that God will not welcome you home.


  Written by Larry Schneider