Have you ever wished for an opportunity to turn back the clock in order to cancel a personal or professional misstep, to retract a word spoken in haste or anger, or to reprocess a decision made impulsively without appropriate deliberation? We probably all have. Since we can’t turn the clock back or undo the blunders we commit, we are forced to cope with them as best we can. Typically, we tend to cover them up or compensate for them. When those options are not available we finally accept responsibility and apologize for our mistakes.
As Christians, it is encouraging to know that the Lord does not toss us aside, forget who we are, or give up on us when we fail in our walk of faith. Throughout scripture, some of His greatest servants made egregious choices and decisions that appeared irreversible at the time. However, through His mercy, grace, and correction they were brought from humiliating failure to complete restoration and continued service:
“If you listen to correction to improve your life, you will live among the wise. Those who refuse correction hate themselves, but those who accept correction gain understanding. Respect for the Lord will teach you wisdom. If you want to be honored, you must be humble.”— Proverbs 15: 31-33
We will all make mistakes in the course of this earthly life but we can take encouragement in the fact that even our mistakes can lead to some of our greatest learning experiences when we choose to listen and respond to His loving correction. He never throws us away, but instead offers us redemption and restoration that has the power to transform our blunders to blessings.
This Week’s Prayer:
“Father, take our mistakes and turn them to opportunities. You have shown us this over and over through the lives of people like David, Paul, Peter. We know you can do the same for us.” — Max Lucado