Have You Made a Mess of Things?

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever made a mess of things? Are you laughing at the question thinking, “Only about a zillion times.” I think we all have. What do we do in times where we’ve blown it and made a mess? I can tell you what I do. I ask God to help me fix the mess I’ve made.

I am confident of many things. One is of my deep imperfection because of the sin that has touched my life and the world around me. I am also fully aware, thankful, and confident in the precious blood of Jesus that has washed my sins away and the Holy Spirit who helps me receive strength to live my life for God.

So, on one hand I live in a world corrupted and defiled by sin. On the other hand I have been forgiven and washed clean and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit and the promises of Him that are my inheritance. This means I am ready each day to go out and be a light and a winner for Him.

Now as I go out in the world, I have to deal with people that can be mean and cold and that even do evil things. I have to deal with people that lie and cheat and steal to better their own position. I have to work with and try and trust that people are going to do what they say they are as I employ their services. I have to drive along side of angry people filled with rage on the road. Because I do, even though I am washed, forgiven, and filled with God’s Spirit; they sometimes affect my behavior. I act like them. I sometimes say things I regret. I am saying that I also occasionally blow it. In times like that, any of us can make a mess. Do I like to admit this? Of course not, but it’s true.

Each time I try to pick myself back up, apologize to the Lord and anyone else I should apologize to, and move forward. This is something I hope we all do.

Despite these regretful times, I am confident that God knows my humanity. He knows my weaknesses, my ignorance, and how I think though things. He knows me! He knows I will make mistakes. What child doesn’t What person doesn’t? I am confident in God’s mercy. Why? Because that is my Heavenly Father’s character. He is a good Father and He is merciful to those that are trying to live for Him. God is merciful.

Psalm 103:17-18 says, “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear (reverence) Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.”

Psalms 18:50 says, “Great deliverance gives He to his king; and shows mercy to His anointed, to David, and to his descendants forevermore.” Because of this promise, I know that God delivering us from our messes is something He will help us with. If you are a parent, you know you would try to help your children out of any mess they got themselves into if you could. Well God can! This verse says His deliverance is great and it’s to His anointed (that’s every believer of Christ) – “to his descendants forevermore” – again that’s me. On that basis, I ask God to help deliver me from any mess I’ve made. I do my part. I repent to Him where necessary. I repent and apologize to others where necessary. I make amends where they are needed. Then I trust God to work in the hearts of those that need help forgiving me.

Messes are never fun, but I praise God and am confident of His love and His willingness to help me straighten out the messes I occasionally make. Praise His Name forever!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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