“If you went back and fixed all the mistakes you’ve made, you’d erase yourself.”
~ Louis CK, comedian
Like it or not, the mistakes I’ve made are a large part of who I am. Some were due to innocent ignorance, and not tremendously costly. Some were influenced by other people who persuaded me something was a great idea…and usually it wasn’t, but as no one died, the sands of time have buried the embarrassment.
Sadly, I made a few errors in the cold or heated winds of wilful disobedience. I have deep regret and remorse for those, and wish I could wave a magic wand, or eraser, to make them disappear—but I cannot. And as there aren’t always opportunities to make amends, the best I could do was learn from them. My memory bears their weight.
If of no other benefit, my sinful mistakes illustrated and remind me still that I need the Savior, Jesus Christ. Partnering with Him was the smartest right thing I ever did, for His shed blood is the only true “eraser” for sins…and bonehead mistakes as well.
Since my righteousness is IN HIM (not of any good effort I can muster)—a position which will never change, regardless of future bad choices and judgement errors—I rest secure that God has truly put away and forgotten my sins and mistakes. He sees me perfect, without blemish, through the covering of Christ’s sacrificial blood—even on my worst days. It’s called unmerited grace, the divine exchange made when Jesus took ALL my sins upon Himself at the Cross, and imputed His pure righteousness to me.
And if His gifts of eternal salvation and redemption were not enough, His Word promises that He stands as my Advocate and Vindicator before any accuser. But wait, there’s more: He also promises to restore what the locusts have eaten (Joel 2:25)…losses which include those incurred by my sins and stupidity.
Being partnered with the Lord is the only sane way I know to live in a fallen world fraught with challenges, deception, and temptations that can topple even giants. I can see some of my weaknesses and areas of vulnerability—but God knows them all.
In His immeasurable Father-love, He provided a Savior…because there aren’t enough erasers on the planet to fix my numerous mistakes, and He would never desire that I rub myself out. He has bigger plans and purpose for me.
©Jael Sook, 2017 All rights reserved.
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