by Pastor Tim Burt
Have you ever made a mess of things? Are you laughing at the question thinking, “Only about a zillion times.” I think we all have. What do we do in times where we’ve blown it and made a mess? I can tell you what I do. I ask God to “bless my mess.”
I have to daily deal with people that can be mean and cold and do evil things. I have to deal with people that lie and cheat and steal to better their own position. I have to work with and try to trust that people are going to do what they say they are. I have to drive along side of angry people filled with rage on the road. Even though I am washed, forgiven, and filled with God’s Spirit; they sometimes affect my behavior. I act like them. Sometimes I slip out of the Christian character I should walk in and say or do something stupid. Do I like to admit this? Of course not, but it’s true.
I can honestly say that in the places that I blow it, they are never out of malicious or sinful intent. I have changed my life in that way. I don’t purposely or casually sin. It’s more by mistake or getting caught up in the moment. In times like that, any of us can make a mess.
I am confident that God knows my humanity. He knows my weaknesses, my ignorance, and how I think through things. He knows me! He knows I will make mistakes. What child doesn’t? What person doesn’t? I am confident in God’s mercy. Why? Because that is my Heavenly Father’s character. He is a good Father and He is merciful to those that are trying to live for Him. He is merciful to everyone even when they aren’t living for Him. The sacrifice Jesus made for mankind is the proof of that statement.
I don't know if you realize this or not but David created his share of messes. But, He loved God with all his heart and lived for Him the best he could. Consquently, God saved him from his messes. God made a promise to David that reaches into the lives of his descendants who live by faith in Jesus Christ. That promise reaches to us! Psalms 18:50 says, “You help, save, and give great victories to your king; and shows mercy to His anointed, to David, AND TO HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVER."
If you are a parent, you know you would try to help your children out of any mess they got themselves into if you could. We may not always be able to but God can. This verse says God helps and gives victories to “His anointed” (that’s every believer of Christ) – “to his descendants forevermore”– again that’s you and I. Because of this promise, when I do blow it and create a mess, I ask God to “bless my mess.” In other words, I ask Him to help me through the trouble I've created and turn things around. I do my part. I repent to Him whenever necessary. I repent and apologize to others where necessary. I make amends where they are needed. Then I trust God to work in the hearts of those that need help forgiving me.
Psalms 34:6 (NLT) "In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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