I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Isaiah 44:22
You’re only as good as your last mistake.
Sadly, this little saying is often quite true. For instance, when we hear the name Bill Clinton, we are likely to think of his affair with Monica Lewinsky rather than the achievements of his presidency. Likewise, Justin Bieber’s name brings to mind his reckless behavior more than his musical accomplishments. Even with biblical characters, we easily recall their errors. Moses, in his anger, killed an Egyptian. Sarah, desperate to help fulfill God’s promises, gave her Egyptian slave Hagar to Abraham. King David, who decided not to go into battle, ended up having an adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, the wife of one of his own military personnel.
None of us want to be remembered for our mistakes, especially when we feel remorse for what we have done.
Thankfully, God does not measure us by what we have done wrong.
Your worth is not defined by your faults. Instead, your value is determined by your faith.
Faith means God wipes the slate clean. God’s not interested in dragging up our past. God’s focused on giving us a fresh start, and a new heart.
Even with a man like David, who made such grave mistakes, we are told God looked at David and saw a man after his own heart. How can we, when we make so many blunders, also have a heart like God? Acts 13:22 gives us a clue. It says: “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” David pleased God because he obeyed God. David followed through on what God asked him to do,
It is the same for us. We, too, can gratify God when we satisfy God’s instructions. We have a heart like God’s when we:
- Willingly submit to him each day.
- Patiently wait for God’s timing even though we are unappreciated and unnoticed.
- Completely rely on God’s strength in the small things as it prepares us for the big things.
- Confidently step out to face the giants in our life.
- Tightly hold onto God’s promises even if the world caves in around us.
- Intently lead with integrity.
Read: 1 Samuel 25
Have you been focusing on your past mistakes?
Which of the ways to have a heart like God’s is the biggest struggle for you?
Share in the comments how you can look forward to the good things God has in store for you.
This week I am linking up with Suzie Eller at #LiveFree, Christa Cordova at #NotFineFriday, Sue Detweiler at #LifeGivingLinkup, Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, Holly Barrett at #TestimonyTuesday and Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart