Regrets, mistakes, guilt of the things we didn’t say and wish we had. Can anybody else resonate with these feelings? They can be crippling and force you into a corner of loneliness and distance from people and God.
If those symptoms describe your life in any way, then I have good news!! We as Christians are NOT supposed to feel that way! Why? Because the Bible says something remarkably comforting about our past, present, and future plans.
Psalm 33:11(NLT) says, “But the LORD’S plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.” Nice. Here’s another one: Proverbs 19:21(NLT), “You can make many plans, but the LORD’S purpose will prevail.” Or maybe this one: Proverbs 16:1 (NLT), “We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.” Not convinced yet? Here’s another one: vs. 33 of that same chapter says, “We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.”
The NASB translation of that same verse says this: “The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord.” Casting lots in Bible days was analogous to rolling the dice and seeing where it lands. People cast lots for just about anything, including Jesus’ clothing while He was on the cross.
Obviously, I’m not saying we should taking up gambling or treat our lives like a game of chance, but I like the analogy of rolling the dice to illustrate that whatever situation we’re facing, God controls the outcome.
As Christians, we have the comfort of knowing that we can roll the dice, so to speak, and watch it land where God wants it to. It may not be where we want it to go, but God’s plans will not be shaken, and He knows what’s best for His children.
There’s a theme here. The LORD, the One who holds heaven and earth on His pinky finger, is in control, and what He wants must happen. That’s awesome! All the things we look back on with regret have not come as a surprise to God. How can I say that with confidence? Because all over the Bible, there are countless verses that speak on the way God leads us. And even when His children mess up, He still works all things together for their good (Romans 8:28).
Here’s one in Isaiah 48:17 (NLT), “This is what the LORD says-your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.’”
The trend is this: when you gave your heart to Jesus, and surrendered control, He took over. You gave Him your broken toys (broken life). Sure, there are times when you take back your broken toys to play with them, but as soon as you realize they are still broken, you hand them back to Him. You give Him back control.
Isaiah 30:21 (NLT) says, “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘this is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.”
God will accomplish what He set out to do in your life, so don’t worry and don’t try to take back control. In a manner of speaking, just roll the dice!
~ Miss Q