– Honest Moments –
*Make sure to check out Keri’s Honest Moments as well*
Time is wasted.
I waste time checking my email.
I waste time sitting at traffic lights.
I waste time on social media.
I waste time watching TV.
Moments are wasted.
I waste teachable moments with my children.
I waste time not talking to my husband.
Efforts are wasted.
Our children still do not obey.
The socks still never make it to the laundry basket.
The dirty dishes stay on the table.
The Bible sits unopened sometimes more than one day in a row.
I look at how long I’ve known the Lord. I see how much I stumble and fall. I am tempted to be discouraged and feel as if so much of my life has been wasted.
Mistakes feel so wasted. I want to know that Grace can cover over my mistakes, yes. But I need to know that my mistakes are not wasted. Can Grace make something beautiful out of my mistakes?
Isaiah 61 is God’s announcement of His salvation. What does He say about His Grace?
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
When God offers salvation, He does not say “salvation.” He uses words like
“heal” – “liberty” – “comfort” – “console” – “beauty for ashes”
Salvation is about Grace. Grace is about healing, forgiveness, and beauty. Mistakes are not wasted with God. He does condone or ignore our mistakes. He forgives them. Grace does not leave us in our mistakes. He uses those mistakes to change us.
Do not live in your mistakes any longer. God has provided the Grace to….
….heal our mistakes.
….bring liberty out of our mistakes.
…comfort us past our mistakes.
….and give us beauty to replace the mistakes.