Summary: God never forsakes us even when we wrong, but how he wish to bless and lead us if we return to him.
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A lot of people go through life without enthusiasm, joy, or excitement for the future. They have made mistakes, gone through setbacks, and now they are full of guilt. Many people say, “I have done this mistake. I messed up my marriage. I ruined my career and now I am uncertain about my future.” Yes, our mistakes do not qualify us from having a bright future, but remember our God is not just a man. He punishes and he forgives. He closes doors and then opens them. He makes all things new. So the key is to realize our condition and return back to God. No mistake you made is too much for the mercy of God.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
Today I want to speak to you how God never forsakes us even when we wrong but how he wish to bless and lead us if we return to him.
So first let’s look at the mistakes we make. For our devotion, I have taken some mistakes of the Bible heroes and compared with some of my own mistakes and have reached the conclusion that there are at least 4 major categories of mistakes people make and the consequences of that is guilt, failure, and feeling distant from God. Let’s go through them:
These are the mistakes that are made because we are in too great a hurry. Many times we get impatient waiting for the promise. At other times we are afraid that something is going to happen, we got a bad news or someone is against us or there is a the fatal sickness in the family. We often feel we do not have time, so we handle it ourselves, take quick action, & the result is that we have made a mistake.
Illustration : Remember the story of Abraham. God told Abraham to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him. Abraham would become the father of a great nation, and all the nations of the earth would be blessed through him. When Abraham finally got there he built an altar to God, & God said, “This is the land I promised you. Stay here, & don’t leave this land.”
Time passes and in Genesis 12:10, there is a famine in the land. Abraham panicked and went down to Egypt to live there for a while, because the famine was severe. Now that is a mistake. Abraham had promised God that he would stay there. But when a famine arose, Abraham was afraid that he and his family would starve. So he panicked, took his family & moved down to Egypt. That is the first mistake.
The second is found in Genesis 12:11-13 11As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ’This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Say that you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake & my life will be spared because of you."
This is the second mistake. One mistake led to another and the first thing you know Abraham & Sarai were in danger in Egypt. It was only the direct intervention of God that saved them.
Move forward to Genesis 16, time was running out for a child. It has been 10 years since God promised Abraham and still no sign of a child. Soon Sarai had an idea that Abraham can have a son through their maid Hagar. Abraham consented because they panicked that time was running out. You know the story, Ishmael was born and this caused so much of unrest in a once so happy family. All these could be avoided had they not panicked but trusted in God.
Now let’s bring it down to us today. How many times we panic because of our circumstances and commit mistakes that we otherwise would not? It can happen in our relationships, it can happen in our workplace, it can happen in our finance. You see, panic prompted mistakes often starts out from stressful circumstances which leads to simple mistakes, but it has a chain reaction pattern and gets out of hand, & the result can be disastrous like Abraham.
I do not know what stress you are going through this morning. The devil may tell you “Do this, do that, speak out your mind and so on.” No do not panic. See what God says: Isaiah 41:10 Message Don’t panic. I’m with you.
Remedy when you are stressed: Stay Calm.
When things are beyond your control, when you cannot do anything, don’t panic, Stay Calm.