Isaiah 46:9-10 NIV Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
When things happen that are beyond our control we often wonder if God as made some sort of miscalculation. We make mistakes, ditch responsibilities, ruin relationships, take wrong turns, make wrong choices. You have a terminal illness. A loved one passed away suddenly. We don’t always understand why God allows some things to happen, but we do know that God loves us and is with us even in the dark times.
We can rejoice that our Lord God makes no mistakes in our lives but has a good and loving purpose for everything He allows.
Romans 8:28-29 NIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
I know that it takes faith. We can live by faith and not by sight if we understand that the things of this life are expendable. We can expect an eternal reward which is promised by the one who is able to deliver.
2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV For we live by faith, not by sight.
Philippians 1:3-6 NIV I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jude 1:24-25 NIV To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Emphasis mine)
Our limited, while God's is infinite.
Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
When we try to make sense of God or when we question whether God makes mistakes, we are in danger of truth becoming tangled with our own feelings, desires, thoughts. We want to live our own truths and determine our own destinies when we assume that God somehow made a mistake.
If you find yourself questioning whether or not God makes mistakes, here are three reasons we can know that He doesn’t
God Doesn't Make Mistakes Because God Is Truth
This truth has always been true and will continue to be true for all of eternity. Real truth is found only within Scripture. The Bible is the infallible Word of God and it is truth.
Psalm 119 tells us over and over that God’s word is holy, right, and its instructions are good.
Psalms 119:25, 49, 62, 100-101, 107, 115, 123, 147, 165, 175-176 NIV I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
The Word of God is a foundation for life. It is useful for: teaching, correcting, training in righteousness, and rebuking.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We see only a small fragment of what is going on around us. God sees everything including the present and the future.
Psalms 139:15-18 NIV My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
We were created on purpose, for His purpose, even when we encounter struggles, trials, and difficulties. Because we live in a broken world, we’ve only caught a glimpse of God’s glory and we will never understand His plans especially when we are suffering. But God did plan for us:
- To be more like Christ.
- To glorify Him.
- To be filled with Mercy.
- To reflect His grace.
- To perpetuate compassion.
- To spread hope.
- To demonstrate selflessness in a selfish world.
God Doesn't Make Mistakes Because He’s Never Broken a Promise
What are His promises? According to one person, there are 3573 promises in Scripture. Another says there are 7,487 promises by God to man. Whether it was 3,573 or 7,487 or 7, God who is Holy didn’t have to make a single promise to sinful man, but he made lots of them. When you hold your Bible, you’re holding God’s promises to you.
When we don’t see God’s promises manifest in our lives we want to give up, doubt God, and assume He’s made a mistake because we are conditioned by this world to assume if it doesn’t happen then God must not care. But God does keep His promises.
Joshua 21:45 NIV Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 NIV For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
When God made these promises to us, He made them unbreakable because His character doesn’t allow Him to go back on His word.
Numbers 23:19 NIV God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Meaning, we serve a perfect God. Being perfect is the standard by which everything in this world is measured. Perfect means “without flaw.” God is perfect in every way. There are no standards higher than God’s standard. When we judge God by our own standards, we are placing ourselves on His throne.
Psalms 18:30 NIV As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.
God’s perfection is seen in His character, His Word, and His actions. We live with our mistakes, big and little, petty, and disastrous, and we get used to making them. But we serve an infallible, mistake-free God.
Psalms 40:5 NIV Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
It’s good to know that God’s in charge and that He who makes no mistakes can more than compensate for our mistakes.