Have you ever made a mistake, a wrong decision? Have you ever gone in a direction that later made you regret the path you took?
What does God do with that? How does He fix it?
Well, the answer may surprise you.
Many of God’s children have thought of their “wrong turns” in a linear fashion. In other words, “I chose the wrong path, now I’m off course and somehow God’s going to have to move in my behalf in order to fulfill the original destiny that He had planned for my life”.
Or, they simply believe that they have somehow short-circuited God’s original plan and now they have to settle for something less in their walk with the Lord.
Let’s, for the moment, try to imagine what we term “God’s Will” for our lives. How flexible is it? How expansive is it?
Many preachers in the past have often spoke of our “wrong turns” in terms of repentance and then trusting God to somehow “make the best of it”.
Though any particular decision (particularly seemingly wrong decisions) may bring a round of affliction or suffering in this present reality, ultimately EVERY decision one makes in this mortal flesh has a wonderful and glorious outcome in Christ.
For example, consider David the King of Israel. He sinned against God by first committing adultery with Bathsheba and then adding to it by murdering her husband in battle. And yet with the latter end of those horrible crimes came the birth of the wisest and wealthiest king in the entire history of Israel: King Solomon!
It is an anomaly for sure. And certainly a paradox which is difficult to ponder and comprehend. Yet can you imagine what the world would be like today had not Solomon ever been born … demonstrating God’s power, wisdom and wealth throughout his life?
As the Apostle Paul declared, “…we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
God doesn’t “fix” a wrong decision, He already has EVERY decision and outcome covered to an infinite degree. You cannot somehow surprise God by your actions or decisions!
Consider the Universe.
It is infinite … with all of its galaxies and quadrillions of stars each having their own names given by God.
“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.“ (Psalms 147:4)
And God is more expansive than that particular infinity because He is the very Creator of the Universe. And just as the potter has power over the clay, even so does God have absolute power over the Universe and all of its movements expanding back to billions of years!
So, do you not think that in His infinite wisdom and power that He has total control over the infinite variety of decisions that you could possibly make over a lifetime of experiences?
“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Luke 12:7)
There was a man who was once literally facing a “fork in the road” on a real-life country road. And because of this man’s relationship with the Lord, God was able to impress upon his heart that he could choose which road he wanted to take … the one that went to the left, or the one that went to the right. This man was keenly aware by the Spirit that each road would lead him to a totally different future … and that once he chose, there would be no turning back.
The road he ultimately picked led him to experience wonderful blessings in the Lord, but along with the blessings also came great afflictions. A few years down that particular path, he began to doubt that maybe he had made the wrong choice. He started to almost wish (like in the movie The Matrix) that he had chosen the “blue pill” instead of the “red pill”.
But eventually, that man came to realize what the scripture meant when it declared:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
As a Christian seeks God’s “good, acceptable and perfect will” in his daily walk with Christ, God already has EVERY conceivable outcome established in His eternal plan! Nothing (including our seemingly wrong decisions) can thwart God’s plan for our lives, both now and in eternity. In other words, ALL roads eventually lead to Christ and the Father’s love for us!
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” (Romans 8:29-30)
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:31,35)
Or even the choices we’ve made along the way that we eventually consider to be wrong and worthy of regret?
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
And that includes our past, present and future decisions … whether, in our opinion, they be correct or incorrect!
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