Mistakes…there is not one person that has not made one. We are all guilty of not thinking things through or acting impulsively. Sometimes those actions can lead to some serious consequences and some major guilt. We all make mistakes and God knows that we are not perfect.
God’s Word, the Bible, tells us that He still loves us in spite of our mistakes. There will still be consequences for our errors, much the same as a parent and child relationship. But God’s love is never in question.
The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.
~ Psalm 37:23-24
What are the Steps?
Our steps or plans in life are created by the God. God has our steps laid before us. These steps are what is called God’s Will for our life. Faith comes in when we choose to follow these steps even though we do not know where they lead.
What Does “Delights in Him” Mean?
To delight in God means to seek out a real relationship with Him and to find joy in His desires for you. Through reading His Word, praying and seeking His Will for your life, the relationship will become stronger. This makes the steps that God has before you easier to see. Though the destination may still be unknown, the steps are made clear. God promises that if we seek His Will that He will keep our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5).
“Though he may stumble…”
God knows that we are not perfect creatures. He knows that we will fail and that we all make mistakes. This part of the verse acknowledges God’s awareness of this. The fact that we stumble will come as no surprise to God but it does bring him sadness.
The Book of Psalm tells the story of David, the good and the bad. As David writes these words, “though he may fall”, he was probably pointing to his own mistakes. Even a man as strong in his relationship to God made serious errors and stumbled away from God’s path.
The Bible is full of stories of great people that had strong relationships with God but had moments where they made poor choices. Noah was a great man but he got drunk. Moses was a was a great man but he disobeyed God. Peter was a great man but he denied Jesus. These are just a few of the examples that are found in God’s Word.
We All Make Mistakes…What to Do about Them?
We have already established that God knows that we will make mistakes. We also know that God still loves us in spite of our errors. So, what does God expect of us when we make a wrong turn? He wants us to admit our guilt and take the consequences for our actions. He wants us to ask for His forgiveness. the part about repentance that often is ignored is that it is far more than saying your are sorry. True repentance is asking for forgiveness but also turning away from that sin.
To state it simply, God wants us to have a repentant heart. To learn more about God’s Love, read What Kind of Love has God Given Us.
“…the Lord upholds him with His hand.”
In spite of the mistakes that these men of God made, God still loved them. There was punishment, as there are always consequences for our actions, but God still loved them. God also still loves us when we falter or make bad choices.
As a good parent doesn’t stop loving his child when they make mistakes, God is our Father in heaven. The relationship that we have with God is very similar to our earthly parental relationships.
God will hold us up in our time of trouble and even during times when we are struggling because of our choices. He will hold us with His hand!
To Sum It Up
God is our planner, our Father, our forgiver and our redeemer. He knows the steps and has them planned. He also knows that our feet will wander from the path and He knows how to get us back on track.
The more I learn about God’s love for us, the more I am overwhelmed by His love.