Have you ever had to remind yourself of the age-old saying, “everybody makes mistakes”? Though it can help us feel better, brushing off our mistakes isn’t always an option. When faced with the consequences of certain mistakes, it is easy to wallow in guilt and the fact that nothing can undo what we did. In those moments, we must remember that God desires to turn even our mistakes into something great!
God knows we will fail, and while He is not expecting us to be perfect, He is expecting us to grow. One of the best examples of this is in the life of Abraham and his wife Sarah. Desperate to have a child, Sarah encouraged Abraham to sleep with their servant Hagar, who then gave birth to a boy, Ishmael. To their surprise, Sarah became pregnant just a few years later and gave birth to Isaac. Like your favorite daytime drama, Sarah became jealous and asked Abraham to banish Hagar and Ishmael. All of a sudden, life got very complicated for Abraham. His wife was fighting with the mother of his firstborn son, and demanding that Abraham essentially send them to their death.
Even in the middle of the consequences of Abraham’s flawed decision to follow Sarah, God was crafting a profound lesson for us all. The way Ishmael came into the world was a mistake, but Ishmael himself was not a mistake! Not only did God choose not to condemn Abraham, He also blessed Ishmael, rather than making him a painful reminder of Abraham’s lapse in judgement.
God has a way of doing with our mistakes, what no one else can. If we listen to him, He can turn our test into a testimony, and our trials into triumph. When you make a mistake, own it and call it what it is – not what you want it to be. Follow the steps God has given in His Word, and you too can watch your mess become a message!
Dr. Derek Grier
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