What God Can Do With Your Biggest Mistakes
Shouldn’t it be The Throne of Jesus?
Before I answer that let me ask; do you realize God will take your biggest mistake, your most selfish goal, your most insecure reaction and, if you let him, not only will he redeem that bad decision, he’ll actually take it a step further and restore that “screw up” so it becomes a life giving part of his original plan.
The Throne of David was actually the result of a super bad mistake that God ultimately redeemed for His purpose.
Let me explain…
In 1 Samuel Ch. 8 the prophet Samuel, who had been leading the people of Israel as a judge was growing old. His sons were not of the same caliber as Samuel so Israel’s leaders came to Samuel and said, “Give us a king.”
Samuel was not happy with this. God had made it very clear to Israel that he was to be their king. Faithful men like Samuel would administer as judges but God would be King. Samuel explains this to Israel’s elders; that a human king will end up ruling over them harshly and will take the best of what they produce for themselves. But they respond:
“No!” they said. “We want a king over us. Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
Ah, they age old temptation…to refuse to find contentment in God and instead desire what other people have. “I want what they got!” and “I want to be like that person.”
Which of us haven’t fallen into this twisted thinking at some point or other. We look at Israel and think, “What idiots! Even after they get told how bad a king would be for them, they still want one anyway?”
Isn’t that the way it is with us though? Usually everyone else around us can see our bad decision clearly…except us!
Samuel is upset and even God has to give him encouragement.
They are not rejecting you. They’ve rejected me as their King. From the day I brought them out of Egypt until this very day they’ve been behaving like this, leaving me for other gods. And now they’re doing it to you.
1 Sam. 8: 7-9 (The Message)
So Samuel gives them their king, Saul, who turns out to eventually be a disaster…as promised. David follows Saul and as many of you know, was a “Man after God’s Heart”. David so touches the heart of God that he promises that the Redeemer (Jesus) would come as an heir of David and it would be his throne that he would receive.
It’s appropriate as the Christmas season is around the corner to remember that when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary he declares:
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” Luke Ch. 1
Yes, the throne that Jesus rules from, the Seat of Power of the Kingdom of God is established on one of mankind’s biggest mistakes. God, in his mercy and forgiveness, takes his people’s rejection of him and turns it into the location from which all justice and mercy will radiate from. He brings life from death!
That’s the God who is my King!
Have you made some big mistakes? Some decisions that make’s your stomach turn inside? We serve a King that rules above all those things. If you let him, he will take the wreckage from all of your mess-ups and restore it into something beautiful and life giving.
If you just let him!
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