WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2011
"If you are displeased, I will go back." Nu 22:34 NIV
A lace maker was working on a very intricate design when she noticed a mistake at the beginning of her work. To the untrained eye it was inconspicuous and she could easily have camouflaged it, but moments like that separate the professional from the "dabbler." She worked all night, painstakingly unraveled her work till she reached the flaw, fixed it, and started over again. When the angel blocked Balaam on the road, Balaam said, "I have sinned. I did not realize you were standing in the road to oppose me...if you are displeased, I will go back." There are times when you need to go back and make things right. Now, God doesn't usually send angels to tell us we're off course; He speaks through His Word, through a trusted friend, or through our conscience. One Bible teacher says: "If the Holy Spirit reveals we've made an error, it's pointless to go on unless we go back...Sometimes you get so far in life and realize...the threads just aren't coming together; you've made a mistake somewhere along the line. Your sins have come home to roost. We do ourselves a disservice when we merely make a quick midcourse correction. If you want the ends to come together, then ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you 'dropped the stitch.'" Marcus Aurelius said, "A wrongdoer is often one who has left something undone, not always one who has done something." If the Holy Spirit is dealing with you right now about some unfinished business in your life, stop, go back and make it right. It's not easy, but God will honor your humility and obedience.
Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 @ 6:18 AM CDT