“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
Have you ever done something that you regret? Ever said something that you just really wish you could take back? I know that I have said multiple things that I regret! As I was thinking about regretting things, I thought about Rahab in the Bible (Joshua 2,6). She had a shady past…and yet God used her in some AMAZING ways. God used Rahab to help the Israelites conquer the Promise Land, and she also was one of the first in the ancestral line of Jesus. To add to this, Rahab was the mother of Boaz, Ruth’s husband (Matthew 1:5). In Hebrews, it talks about how Rahab had faith: “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.” I’m sure that Rahab knew that what she had done in the past was wrong. I know God knew that it was wrong! And yet God took her and used her- mistakes and all- in an unforgettable way!
Even David, known as “a man after God’s own heart,” failed. He took Bathsheba from Uriah (2 Samuel 11). He not only took Uriah’s wife, he had him killed! David later confessed and asked God’s forgiveness from this, but he was justly punished (2 Samuel 12).
Now, please don’t misunderstand me. Sin does have its consequences. We need some kind of punishment! If we never got reprimanded, we would continue to live in our old ways. But, “He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” We all have those things that we regret. Praise Jesus for forgiving those who believe in Him!
Though we ask for forgiveness and are forgiven, we still go back to what we said or what we did that was wrong. One day, at Bible Study, the lady giving the teaching showed us a picture. It was of a lake that was called ‘Regrets,’ and it had a sign by it that read, “No Fishing.” We need to stop fishing in our lake of regrets and know that we’ve been forgiven.
Christ forgives all sin, and those who believe in Him are forgiven. No matter what you’ve done in the past, God can use you in an amazing, awesome way!
Keep on for Him!