Do you realize that God can take mistakes and use them for good?

What the devil planned for evil, God can turn it around and use it for good! He may have gotten us off track, but that doesn’t mean can’t still use it for good? God can use the thread of our life and weave it into something beautiful.

I remember a mistake of not starting to look for a new job when God was prompting me because I felt too comfortable. The comfort got blown up when the org did too and I ended up in a different org with a different perspective and different leaders and leadership styles. The mistake trickled into the experience I have had where I learned the power of forgiveness. God took my disobedience, my mistake, and used it to teach me the power of forgiveness. A mistake isn’t the end if we allow God to use it and work in us through it to His glory! A mistake is an event, it’s not the end of the story unless we don’t learn from it! God was able to teach me thru my missteps and mistakes and also positioned me to speak hope and life into the lives of many others who were dealing with issues that could only be solved through forgiveness. The bigger mistake after not having started to look was to not forgive those who had lied, cheated, mistreated me. God is able to take all of this and turn it around to make the bigger picture more beautiful! He knows all and He has a plan for us that is for good! So He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine! He can take something could have been very ugly and turned it around into something of beauty! So just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean that you are a mistake! So turn to God! Listen to what He has to say! Allow Him to weave the threads of life so that in the end we will find beauty for ashes, joy for mourning, and praise instead of despair! Don’t lose hope in the troubles or the trials, keep your eyes on Jesus and remember the tapestry being made through the threads of your life and how beautiful He will make it be!

Job used to be an “oh no, now what” type of story for me. Ever since 2013, my perspective has changed. I started reading Job while I had my old job at the company I had been at since I left university and wondered what God would speak to me in and through it this time. It wasn’t till my last day on the job when I got to Job 42:12 and realized it was to encourage me as I started the next part of my journey and career. It was a time for me to encourage others with the truth that God is alive and speaks to us through His Word even to this day! God was speaking to me that the second half of my life was going to be twice as good as the first half. So I walk each day trusting Him! I walk each day trying to share the joy of the Lord which is my strength with the people God brings into my life! Am I perfect, nope, can’t say that I am! Can I still trust Him, yes, He is faithful and true and and can weave even my mistakes into the beautiful tapestry of life that He has planned and designed.

So as we prepare to jump into today’s reading and devotional, let’s reflect on these words from God’s Word in the Bible…

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –from Romans 8:28

God Even Uses Your Mistakes — Day 162: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalm 72, Acts 7:20-43, 2 Samuel 16:15-23, 2 Samuel 17, 2 Samuel 18:1-18

  1. Providence and prayer … Psalm 72

  2. Providence and prophecy … Acts 7:20-43

    • Moses was a ‘type’ of Christ. He foreshadowed and prepared the way. There are at least fifteen similarities between Moses and Jesus:

        • Like Jesus, Moses was ‘no ordinary child’ (v.20). The circumstances surrounding the births of both Moses and Jesus were appropriately extraordinary.
        • Like Jesus (Matthew 2:16–17), Moses was born at a time when newborn babies were being killed off (Acts 7:19–21).
        • Like Jesus (Luke 2:40), Moses was noted for his wisdom (Acts 7:22).
        • Like Jesus (John 7:46), Moses was ‘powerful in speech and action’ (Acts 7:22).
        • Like Jesus, Moses had a season of preparation. We know little about the first thirty years of either of their lives. Both spent this time being trained for the task ahead (vv.22–23).
        • Like Jesus (John 2:16), Moses showed righteous anger at sin (Acts 7:24). However, unlike Jesus, Moses committed a crime. But God, in his providence, even used this mistake.
        • Like Jesus (John 1:11), Moses was sent by God to rescue his people, but was not recognised as such at the time. ‘Moses thought that his own people would realise that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not’ (Acts 7:25).
        • Like Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:19), Moses aimed at reconciliation: Moses ‘tried to reconcile them’ (Acts 7:26).
        • Like Jesus (John 5:22), Moses is described as ruler and judge. It was said to Moses, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?’ (Acts 7:27).
        • Like Jesus (Luke 3:22), Moses heard the Lord’s voice (Acts 7:31).
        • Like Jesus (John 1:14; 2:21), Moses recognised that the holy place was not in a specific religious location, but where God is present. For Moses this was at the burning bush for God said, ‘The place where you are standing is holy ground’ (Acts 7:33).
        • Like Jesus (John 8:36), Moses set the people free from oppression (Acts 7:34).
        • Like Jesus (4:11), Moses was misunderstood and rejected by his own people: ‘Moses whom they had rejected… they rejected him’ (7:35,39).
        • Like Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:10), Moses succeeded in delivering his own people. Moses ‘led them out of Egypt’ (Acts 7:36).
        • Like Jesus (2:36), Moses’ rejection brought God’s judgment, but led to eventual victory (7:42). As the apostle Peter put it on the day of Pentecost, ‘God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ’ (2:36).

      –from Day 162: Bible In One Year 2017

  3. Providence and protection … 2 Samuel 16:15-23, 2 Samuel 17, 2 Samuel 18:1-18



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