“Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me” – Psalm 51:4 (NIV).
Is there anyone who has never made a mistake in life! A mistake has been described as an “act or decision which is misguided or wrong!” King David, the man after God’s heart, made a mistake of taking a man’s wife, who was away at war (2 Samuel 11)!
Mistakes depending on the degree always have consequences. In the case of David he would loose the child born as a result of that illicit encounter (2 Samuel 12). In life there can be simple mistakes like mixing up dates to attend a birthday of someone; others can be near fatal, as when a surgeon botches up due to misinformation with a faulty procedure. A war General could put the lives of hundreds of his battalion members at risk by ordering them to cross into enemy territory based on wrong information. A huge mistake that can costs many lives.
When one makes a mistake, as we all do, two things can happen. If a mistake is made the slighted party may feel grievously harmed and without an apology the relationship may be damaged. One of course may resist to offer an apology and insist there is nothing wrong. The danger here is that without acknowledging a mistake then one cannot learn from it. King David once the prophet Nathan brought to his attention that he had made a mistake, acknowledged his sin and repented, “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight” (Psalm 51: 3-4).
If you have a made a mistake, like falling into sin, do not be so hard on yourself. Like King David, acknowledge, repent and cry out God as he did. For “Listen! The LORD’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call” (Isaiah 59:1).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for that mistake in my life, I bring it to you, that you may erase it as you have promised by your word and restore me afresh for your glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name!