Are there times in your life when you have felt like you made a real mess of things and you were weighed down by so much regret and depression? If you have, it means you’re human and you’re not alone. Everyone makes mistakes now and again that can be devastating but one way or another those experiences can prove to be priceless later in life.
I learned a principle that God always ends things on a positive even though by nature everything in this world is negative. That is how He operates. If you look in scripture it speaks about tough times at the end of age but ultimately He will create a new heaven and a new earth and the rest of eternity will be a pleasant experience for those that identify with His Son Jesus Christ.
If you have been feeling low and wish you could turn back the hands of time to turn your life around do not despair. God can turn your life around and bring about the change that you are looking for. For Him to do that for you, here are 3 things that you need to do:
Sometimes the terrible experiences of our lives are the result of our sinful nature. God never changes but man does. You are the only variable in your relationship to God. When you mess up acknowledge your shortcoming to God. Unless you acknowledge your mistakes God cannot help you.
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” ~ Proverbs 28:13
When you come before God with a repentant heart He can then bring you to a place of restoration just like in the parable of the prodigal son. A parent also appreciates a child even more when they apologize for their wrong doing.
2. Find the lesson in your mess
Most people tend to want to totally forget their past negative experiences but that doesn’t necessarily work to their advantage. You may definitely want to let go of the negative emotions you experienced in your time of hardship but you do need to remember what you learned from the experience.
Nothing to God is ever a waste because He can use both positive and negative experiences to work in your favor. Your job is to ask God what He wants you to learn from that experience.
“Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool that repeats his folly.” ~ Proverbs 26:11
Picking up the lesson from your mess can save you unnecessary heart ache in the future. So instead of totally forgetting about your negative experience remember to get the lesson so that it serves you in the future.
3. Trust God’s faithfulness
Even if your mistakes seem devastating know that it doesn’t change the plans God has in store of you. King David of Israel committed adultery with Bathsheba but he repented and God blessed him with a son who would go on to be the wisest man the world has ever known.
“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
Samson through his own foolishness was subdued by the Philistines. In his moment of weakness he repented and asked God to remember Him. His hair (his source of strength) began to grow again and he killed more Philistines at his death than he did in his entire life.
Since God is the same yesterday, today and forever you can count on Him to turn your life around like He did for these men.
I hope you have been encouraged to have another go at life with full confidence in God’s ability to bring you to a place of fulfilment. Remember to share this post with your friends and family on social media.