From Mistakes to Blessings

“…I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring…” (Genesis 21:13)

I am an expert at making mistakes. My wife Jeng, on the other hand, is an expert at fixing them.

From fixing my files to fixing my closet to fixing the car, she somehow has this distinct God-given ability to undo my mistakes, and make me look good in the process.

Somehow, I think Jeng shares this quality with God. In fact, I believe it was God who taught her this. Remember Abraham’s story?

God promised Abraham and Sarah a child of their own. But when God’s promise seemed to be nowhere in sight, they became impatient with Him and decided to take matters into their own hands. Upon Sarah’s promptings, Abraham decided to sleep with the maidservant and managed to impregnate her.

Big mistake! Huge, gargantuan, enormously large mistake!

But just like Jeng, God is able to make our mistakes work for His glory. He is able to transform our most terrible blunders for the fulfillment of His purposes. And one of His main purposes is to bless us!  And nothing was going to get in his way of blessing Abraham, not even Abraham’s most awful blunders. God recognized that Ishmael wasn’t a mistake. Abraham’s acts were. So despite Abraham’s booboo, God still chose to bless Ishmael:

“…I will make the son of the maidservant into a nation also, because he is your offspring…” (Genesis 21:13)

Are we not in the same boat as Abraham?

We make mistakes, and God transforms our faults and makes them His most spectacular blessings.

Look at your own life.

What mistakes have you made which God used to work good into your life?

Or perhaps you are at a point of making a decision now and you are afraid to make mistakes. I suggest you prayerfully discern to the best of your abilities and then make that decision. If your decision turns out to be a mistake, then be confident that God is powerful enough to make it still serve His wonderful purposes for your life.

Remember, God blessed Ishmael not because of Abraham’s works but simply because of who Abraham was. Same thing with you. You may commit the most fatal mistakes in life. But God, in His goodness, can still turn things around and bless you, not because of what you do but simply because of who you are — His precious child.

Have a blessed day!

Making mistakes along the way (and being blessed at the same time!),

Bobby Q.


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