Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2017: Anticipating and Experiencing Jehovah-Jireh…
A mistake is a mistake is a mistake until you learn from it…
“You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” (Luke 11:11–13, NLT)
Richard Blackaby in his book Experiencing God wrote in chapter 13 God Speaks Through Prayer. “I have found that God always has far more to give me than I could even ask or think. Paul said, “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think— according to the power that works in you— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever!” (Eph. 3: 20-21).”* Perhaps I don’t need to tell you he hit a raw nerve and immediately I began thinking how when praying I usually listen to my own voice to ensure I use the right words so God will be convinced of my worthiness to give me what I ask for.
Why does it take so long to learn a lesson? I have been praying nearly all my life (and fervently at times too I might add) for the last 45 years and now I find out I’ve been missing out I wonder where I’d be had I read Blackaby’s book years ago.
On page 161 Blackaby wrote, “Do you remember what George Mueller said he does first when seeking God’s directions? He said he tries to reach the point where he has no will of his own. That is easier to say than to do, of course. But it is possible, and the Spirit is eager to help you in that regard.” Now all of a sudden I am saying to myself, “DUH! How was it Jesus prayed, ‘Not my will but Your will Father.’”
One of the primary lessons I am learning with the Holy Spirit reading Blackaby’s book Experiencing God is how patient God is with me and how He’s always finds a way of giving me just what I need when I need it in spite of myself. And this latest experience/lesson has confirmed to me what I’ve known for a long time, as long as we learn from our mistakes they are not mistakes but lessons.
And last be not least God pulls out all the stops when it comes to helping us turn our mistakes into lessons.
“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”**
Grace and PEACE,
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*Experiencing God by Richard Blackaby page 163, B&H Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
**Hebrews 4:16, NLT