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DEFINITION: An action or judgment that is misguided or wrong.
Synonyms include: error, fault, inaccuracy, omission, slip, blunder, miscalculation, oversight, faux pas, etc.
Otherwise known as, a big fat mistake.
Ever make one of those? Yeah, me too. Guilty as charged! And if I’m being completely honest, I probably make mistakes every single day. It could be a silly mistake like adding baking soda to the recipe instead of baking powder. Or it could be a worse mistake that effects others, like burning the pizza for all the church kids. To a crisp. Or still more serious, my mistake could be blurting out hurtful words to my husband during an argument, reacting in impatient anger toward someone at the end of a long day, or ignoring the tug of the Holy Spirit on my lazy heart to stop what I’m doing and spend time with Him.
Just to give you some comic relief this morning, I’m going to let you walk the first few days of my freshman year of college with me. Do you ever make more stupid mistakes than when you’re a freshman? Well…that’s debatable.
On the second day of my college career, I trudged up the academic center stairs in my new school shoes that were already giving me heel blisters. I was headed to take my math placement exam. Math has never been my thing, but I knew all the basics felt fairly confident. I sat down at a tiny desk with my calculator and sharpened No. 2 pencil and my shoulders dropped as I stared at the exam filled with problems. It was only the second day and my brain was so tired!“This is college, right?” I thought to myself. “Even if I do terrible, they’ll put me in the easiest math class available which is the one I would have picked anyway. I’ll just guess!”And I did. With renewed energy, I chose random little bubbles, filled them in carefully, sashayed up to the front desk, and turned in my finished exam with a flourish. Quite pleased that I had beaten the system, I bounced over to the college cafe and treated myself to a hot cup of Joe. College wasn’t so bad after all.The first day of classes came and I was up with the sun. By 8 a.m. I had already worked an hour shift, had breakfast, AND managed to get to my class five minutes early. It was my easy math class, and I was excited. But as the teacher began speaking, my smile faded. Because I had failed my placement exam, I had been placed in a sixth grade level math class. Remedial math. Horrified, I hurried to correct the situation. I talked to this person and that person, having to explain again and again that I, the valedictorian of her graduating class, had failed the exam ON PURPOSE. (Talk about humiliating!) But there was a strict policy against retaking the exam, and I was stuck. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8 a.m., I was reminded that even the smallest choices matter. God taught me a LOT that semester about humility, wise choice making, and having a good attitude. Especially when the teacher had us play flashcard games. 😉
Now, that’s a silly example of how even small mistakes can have lasting effects. We can all relate to having made mistakes. You know why? Because we’re human. Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t perfect! Our minds and hearts are tainted by sin and we have a limited perspective on the world around us because we are finite beings. That is why we so desperately need God’s wisdom.
Do you ever feel as though something in your life has GOT to be a mistake? Some situation, some person, some issue, some pickle you’re in…it can’t be right! Have you ever felt like screaming in frustration to God, “You’ve made a mistake! This can’t be your perfect plan!” I know. I’ve been there, too.
To help you thrive in your womanhood the Bible way today, I want to remind you that God makes no mistakes. I know you know this. You know the Bible stories of how God brought His people through impossible situations and worked miracles for the sick and the dead. You know those like you know the person you see on the bus everyday. You know their name and what they look like. But do you know that God makes no mistakes? Like the friend of the person on the bus knows him? His likes, dislikes, his passions and goals, his desires and plans? See the difference? One “know” is simply information. But the other “know” is an experiential knowledge gained through time invested and spent with him. Have you seen and experienced in your own life that God makes no mistakes? I sure hope so.
It is hard, though, to remember that God’s ways are perfect in the middle of a tough trial. But here are some verses that have been a help to me.
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. Psalm 18:30-32
Notice the bold words in the verses above. David describes who God is (perfect and a buckler or a shield) and then applies it to his life (gives me strength and makes my way perfect). See how God works to make us more like Him? God makes no mistakes. Here are a few of my favorite verses in all the Bible.
Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes…
It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes…
Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
I know O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Psalm 119:68-77
One thing that I like to do is to pray God’s Word back to Him in my own words. You should try it, too! Like this.
Lord, You are good, and You can do only good. You use affliction to teach me about You. You made me and You love me. You will help me to learn. When people see me trusting in You during a hard time they will glorify You, because they will see that there is hope to be found in Your Word. Your way is perfect. I know You would do nothing and allow nothing into my life to harm me. Your steadfast love is a comfort for me, just like You promised. I am delighting in this trial, because You are with me and I know You make no mistakes.
Don’t let yourself sink into despair when you make a mistake or when your whole LIFE feels like a mistake. Instead, focus on what you know is true about God and let that truth change your thinking and your feelings. He makes no mistakes.
Here are a few encouraging resources for you to fill your life and home with as you seek to remember Who God is and how that applies to you. I love the encouragement that the Daily Grace Co. has been in my life, and I know you will, too!
We can be still as we remember that God’s way is perfect!
We can rejoice in the Lord, because He makes no mistakes!
Study what other treasures God has for you in Psalm 119!
Journal about God’s perfect plan taking place in your life!