I made a mistake recently by not hearkening to the Shepherd’s voice and I came under heavy self condemnation, even after confessing my error before God who promised to forgive me and wipe my slate completely clean. I reflected on this and I realized that yes, I deal with an enemy called the accuser, but I have underestimated God’s grace and wisdom.
We have a Father who sent His only begotten son to die in our stead before we had a clue about anything and even though humanly speaking, we were hopeless. It was a sacrifice that overwhelms every sin, every mistake, every error – the sacrifice of God Himself. That is why no case is hopeless. If God’s grace overwhelmed our sins before we came to Christ, how much more will His grace continue to overwhelm our sins after coming to Christ? We have a God who is so creative for want of a better word, that He is able to use even our failures to produce success, our defeats to produce victories, turn our mistakes into stepping stones for greater triumphs.
We underestimate the grace and wisdom of God when we think our past or future failures, mistakes and sins can stop Him or stop us. We have God’s guarantee of forgiveness if we confess our sins but it is hard at times for us to imagine that God is able to stop our past failings from inhibiting us in future. It is very true that we reap what we sow and there are consequences to our past actions but like Kenneth Copeland says, in God, there is possibility of “Supernatural crop failure.”
Your sins do not have to stop you. The grace that saved us, the grace wherein we stand truly overwhelms our sins, whatever they may be, before or after we come to Christ. I think Matthew Henry framed it beautifully when He said, “The plaster is wider than the wound and more healing than the wound is killing.” This is the grace of our Lord, this is the good news and this is what is hard for us to accept in a world where you pay dearly for every error, and mistakes can come back to haunt you years after.
I think it is important to know that God does not only wipe our slates clean when we come to Christ. He wipes it clean if we sin or make mistakes even after coming to Christ. In addition, our very mistakes, even our sins can become raw material in His hands. He is that abundant in love and in wisdom. Far from giving us license to sin, it gives us a reason to live our lives to please Him as we Pursue Him to Heaven while also showing us the unfathomable depths of God’s love as well as His many-sided wisdom “in all its infinite variety and innumerable aspects.”
In practice, when the potter uses the lumps in the clay to produce beauty in our lives, He does it so beautifully and gracefully that we think it was part of His plans to start with. I do not think so. I think a truly creative person brings beauty out of undesirable situations. Who is more creative than our Father the Creator?
Have you sinned, fallen or made a mistake lately or in the past? Your failings do not have to stop you. They can even become stepping stones to greater triumphs. If your confessed sins do not affect you in eternity, why would they affect you in the present? If you allow them to affect you here though, they will. Things happen to us here according to our belief or non-belief and it may look as though God were vindictive when it is only a matter of our unbelief.
The poem, Compost Springs Life, by Histiara captures how God deals with our filth and our messes. With her permission, I reproduce it here but please visit her site. She has a way of saying in very few words what I write an epistle on.
Compost springs life,
and the delicate petals,
must seek life,
from the dung,
that men oft trample upon.
Mysterious in the dark,
concealed in the stench,
are the tender nuggets,
that spring forth,
the scent of paradise.