I Messed Up

Then Job replied to the Lord: I know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted. You asked, “Who is this who conceals My counsel with ignorance?” Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Job 42:1-3 HCSB

When I was an editor of youth Bible study materials, it was my job to make sure the text was correct and ready to go to the printer. I had to proofread and initial every page as a verification that all was accurate. You can only imagine how I felt when I received a call from the printer, who was in the middle of printing the Bible study materials, to tell me that we had a misspelled word in one of our graphics. It would have been easy for me to blame the graphic designer, but it was I who initialed the final proof and submitted it to the printer. Since I was the lead editor, I was responsible for the mistake. I had messed up. Fortunately, I was able to forward a corrected copy to the printer and the error was corrected.

We all mess up at times. It proves we are human and make mistakes. In these verses Job admitted to God that he was the one who had been foolish. Job did not learn the reasons for his sufferings, but he did learn that God was Sovereign and had the power to do what ever He chose. God does not have to answer to anyone for His actions. Job admitted that he had spoken incorrectly when he accused God of being unfair and unjust. It is healthy to admit when we are wrong and then to try to make it right.

Challenge: Do not worry when you make a mistake. Everyone messes up and needs guidance at times. Be willing to admit when you are wrong and ask God to help you to do what is right.

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