We all have done it…ughhh…made a bad choice. It’s part of making our way through this maze of life. But, what if you make a life choice that turns out to be terribly wrong and it costs you huge for years? How do you rebound? Is it too late?
I was listening to a message from Pastor Tony Evans and he talked about this. He used Moses in the Bible as an example and I was so encouraged that he preached this message.
Moses was called to lead his people, the Israelites, out of bondage in Egypt but instead of waiting on God’s timing, he took matters into his own hands (read the book of Exodus). He had to flee Egypt and it was 40 years of his life gone before he fulfilled God’s calling on his life.
I’ve never thought God had a big calling like that on my life, but I do know that I made some costly decisions in my past that has stolen years from me and I have wondered many times is it too late to fix? I have no idea if God is going to give me a miracle to get me out of the situation I created, but what was inspiring was the sermon I heard when Pastor Evans said:
“It’s not too late for those of us who have made serious, bad choices to finish strong.
For instance, maybe you hung out with the wrong crowd and to fit in you took drugs and got addicted so badly you ended up in and out of jail. Perhaps you had a botched up abortion and you can’t have a child again (like myself) or maybe you married for love but with the wrong person and the relationship was a complete nightmare. Now, you’re not sure if you’ll love or be loved again.
Whatever it is, let me say…”don’t give up“. I remember crying through a church service during worship, praying silently, “Lord, I am nothing but broken pieces and I give you my broken pieces to put back together again.” God knows your heart.
Perhaps you didn’t do anything self-destructive, but you made a bad career or business decision (again like me) and you can’t correct it. Now, you’re living with a lot of regret and you don’t know to recover, let alone get on top again. You’ve prayed asking for forgiveness and mercy but nothing has changed for the better. Not yet anyway.
Regret is something you don’t want to live with for the rest of your life. So as in my case, I just keep going to God in prayer. I don’t try to follow my own mind, but instead I stand and wait on God to either fix my wrong or grace me enough to go through the aftermath while I’m waiting to be delivered.
It’s not easy looking in our own heart and seeing the ugliness. I haven’t told many people the mistakes I’ve made and as I get older and time is shorter, I see all the missed chances that passed me by.
But, the good part is we serve a merciful, forgiving God. And one of the scriptures in the sermon I listened to was Joel 2:25-32, where it talks about The Lord will restore the years the swarming locusts has stolen…it’s Him replacing all the time spent in anguish with renewed hope.
So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
The crawling locust,
The consuming locust,
And the chewing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied,
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
And My people shall never be put to shame.
Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel:
I am the Lord your God
And there is no other.
My people shall never be put to shame.
And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. – Joel 2:25-32 (NKJV)
I hope I can encourage you if you are feeling that God can’t use you again or that it’s too late to have a good life. I know this is a touchy subject but I felt in my heart it is time for me to talk about it.
And again, as encouragement, if you’re still here God is not done with you yet. There’s still good for you, there’s still blessings God has for you. Don’t wallow in the mud of yesterday, you can rebound from a bad choice and with God, you and I can thrive.