God Can Use Your Mistakes for His Good
“We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 TEV).
Let’s face it. You and I do foolish things from time to time. We make mistakes.
But nothing you ever do is beyond the capacity of God to use. We may make mistakes, but God doesn’t.
The Bible tells us this in Romans 8:28: “We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose” (TEV).
When you make a foolish mistake, God says, “I can fit that in, too. I can use it all for good.”
I want to be clear, though. This isn’t a promise for everyone. The verse doesn’t say that God works everything out for good for those living in rebellion against God or for those who aren’t living for God’s purposes.
The promise is for people who come to God and say, “I want to live for your purpose. I don’t always get it right. But I want to do the right thing. I want to follow you, and I want to trust you.” Do that, and God will take it all and use it for his good.
That’s a reason for joy.
When you put your life in his hands, it doesn’t mean you’ll never goof up again. You’ll still make bad decisions. You’ll still mess up. But God can fit it all into his plans.
There is no plan B for your life. God knew all the mistakes you’d make before you were born. He also knew he’d fit those mistakes into his plan.
That means you can relax. You can stop being anxious. Anxiety is a major killjoy. Instead, sit back and relax. Do the best with what God has given you. God will work everything into his plan.
How cool is that?
Talk It Over
How have you seen God turn your mistakes into good? How have you seen him do that in the lives of others?
If you know that God can use your mistakes for good, how does that change your outlook on the future?
What step of faith will you take with the confidence that God is working for his good in your life?
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