Messing up… and receiving God’s grace.

“What were you thinking?”  How many times did your parents ask you that question after you messed up?  How many times have you asked that of your children?  How many times have you asked that of yourself?

Messing up is a part of life.  After all, we’re only human.   When we’re faced with the decision to take the narrow path or the broad, easier path — when we are faced with temptations — how do we react?

I understand that big time messes are more than just an “Oops!”  They can be life changing, rock-your-world messes.  To you.  To others.  To those who you never thought your actions would mess up their lives too.

May I share an encouraging scripture with you?

Paul writes:  No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face.  All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. (1 Corinthians 10:13, The Message)

Now, does that mean that God will make the choice for us whether to sin or not to sin?  No. But this word says He will give us the strength to make the right choice, prompted by His Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth (see John 16:13).

But there are times when we do mess up.  Have you been there lately?   Sometimes the most difficult grace to extend is to ourselves, isn’t it?

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God’s Warranty is Never Cancelled

So, it’s now a few weeks after Christmas.  Did you have to take anything back?  Was it a problem with the retailer or were they pretty good about the exchange?  Did you get a gift card or a refund?  It’s usually pretty easy to get an exchange these days because they want your future business… but have you ever had to wrangle for them to make good on the warranty on something?  From car dealers to computer stores to contractors, often we find ourselves having to haggle and argue and negotiate for the warranty deal that we thought we purchased.

I have good news for you… with God it’s simple.

Check out Romans 11:29 from The Message:  God’s gifts and God’s call are all under full warranty.  Never cancelled.  Never rescinded.

God assures us that He has a call on our lives… a plan.  In the story of Joseph in Genesis 37, he calls it a dream.  He dreamed very big dreams!  And, it took many, many years for those dreams to come to pass.  But they did!  And God has not abandoned His plans, or His dreams,  for you.

Despite your setbacks.  And maybe, in spite of setbacks.  Along the way, we may feel that because of a curve ball of some sort, because something didn’t work out the way we planned, that God may have changed too.  But may I tell you today: He has not.  He has not abandoned His plan for you.  He loves you.  His plan is for your success.  Jeremiah 29:11 affirms this:  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  (The Message)

Will you trust it?

It is never cancelled.  It’s for today… and for all eternity.

(c) 2012. Rich Ronald