This morning I sat with my roomie drinking coffee, listening to music, and we began to discuss God's merciful redemption and good plans for our lives. As we talked I thought about those times in my life where I felt like I had messed up so bad that there was no way God could ever get me back on the right track. I thought about those times that I know I made the wrong decisions and they were so life altering that I could never get back on that Jeremiah 29:11 path.
I felt as though, God "HAD" a plan to prosper me and not harm me but I messed that up, so now I'll have to settle.
I've learned that God's plan to prosper me and not harm me, to give me a hope and a future, isn't all about actions or tasks. In all reality yea, we're going to miss it in the tasks. You may not go talk to that person that the Holy Spirit told you to go talk to, you may get in fear and not commit to something God wanted you to commit to, you may lose your temper and cause problems in relationship, you may even marry someone that turned out not to be who you thought they were, oh there's plenty of actions you will do that are not the "will of God" for your life, there are plenty you will do that will make life harder on you, BUT.... that does not stop His plan for you. A plan that is to prosper you and not harm you, to give you a hope and a future. It does not stop Him loving you and wanting good for you. It does not mean that He can't turn it all around... He is fluent in the miraculous.
I'm here to tell you that your mistakes do not equal ultimate defeat. God is eager for you to repent and step into faith so that He can start you on the path of redemption. It's one of my most favorite qualities of our Father, He is a REDEEMER. Sin will have natural consequences, but that doesn't mean that God won't redeem, transform, and work a situation out for your good. You cannot change God's character and desire to redeem and restore your mistakes or failures, but you can stop yourself from living into His redemption. You can so beat yourself up and condemn yourself that you never will listen to God tell you that He still has a GOOD PLAN for your life.
We all know that I have a firm stance on holiness, obedience, and discipline. We have no right to sin as we please (true lovers of Jesus won't do that anyway, but that's a whole other story John 14:15), but the truth is even in your weakness, even in your mistakes, even in your flesh, God's desire for you does not change. He is just waiting for you to repent and get in faith so that He can turn the situation around for your good. (For God works ALL things to the good of those who love Him).
You have not messed up so badly that God can't redeem and restore your life. If you're breathing, then He can redeem it.
Be Blessed, J. Tate