David made some serious mistakes that cost him a great deal of agony—decisions that also cost his family a lot of pain. David’s daughter, Tamar, was raped by her brother, Amnon (2 Samuel 13:10-14), then David’s son, Absalom, killed Amnon to avenge Tamar (2 Samuel 13:28). Eventually, Absalom tried to kill David and usurp the throne (2 Samuel 15:10). David had a lot of pain and turmoil in his life as a result of the poor decisions he made. He could have beaten himself up over his mistakes, but instead he trusted God. He chose to be strong in the grace that is in the Lord (2 Timothy 2:1). This is a great lesson for all of us.
I am absolutely convinced that regardless of where you are today or how badly you may have missed God’s will for your life, God still has a plan for you. The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
God doesn’t change. Whatever His purpose for your life was when He created you hasn’t changed either. You might be a long way from where God wants you to be right now, but God can get you where you need to be. Modern technology allows you to have a global positioning system (GPS) in your car to help you find your way around town. GPS devices even speak to you and tell you where to turn. When you are driving somewhere and make a wrong turn, the GPS doesn’t freak out and say, You missed it. You’ll never get there now. No, if you make a wrong turn, the GPS says, recalculating. This means that the system is refiguring the directions to tell you where to go next in order to get you to your destination. If you miss a turn, it doesn’t mean you need to give up and go home. God is at least as good as a GPS. It doesn’t matter where you are—God can recalculate. God can take what you have done and figure a way to get you back on track.
You can still get where God planned for you to go.
In the same manner, the gifts and calling of God never change. You may have made some wrong turns in your life, but God’s will for you has not changed. He still has a plan for you. Even if you have made a royal mess of your life, God can take what you have done and cause it to work together for good. It’s sort of like a master chess player who is engaged in a chess match; it doesn’t matter what move his opponent makes, the master player can always use that move to his advantage. Likewise, it doesn’t matter what the devil does or how much you blow it or mess up. God is able to take whatever you have done to ruin your life and turn it around.
I hope these biblical examples have encouraged you to take heart. God’s grace is infinitely bigger than whatever you have done wrong. Your failings are no match for His grace; they aren’t even worthy to mention in the same breath. You just need to humble yourself and submit your life to the Lord. Yield to Him and say, “God, here I am. Do with me what You want to.” God can redeem your situation.
God hasn’t given up on you. The simple fact that you are reading this book shows that God is drawing you and trying to reach out to you. Not a single person alive is beyond hope. No one has messed up their life so badly that God can’t take it and do something supernatural with it. But you can’t do things the way you always have in the past and expect different results. You’re going to have to humble yourself and submit yourself to God.
Alain Godefroid Kubwamungu
Endtimes Outreach Ministries, 2 Avenue Nyabihanga,6429 Bujumbura – Burundi, Ph:+257 71 129 470 , E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org