Have you ever had regrets? “if only I hadn’t” “I shouldn’t have said that” “If I had been one minute later”….”Why didn’t I see that earlier?” “Why did I make that decision?” Sometimes its after an accident, or the death of a loved one, when the regret stays with you and becomes so large. Sometimes its not that important, but it still returns.
Did you know that even God had regrets? God…..Our Lord and Creator, the King of the Universe, had regrets!!!!
Genesis 6:6 says “And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.” But He saved one family, a righteous family, to replenish the earth.
Exodus 32:14 “and the Lord repented of the evil which He thought to do unto His people”
He regretted setting up judges for His people, because they responded with evil in their hearts. He regretted setting up Saul as King (at the demands of His people) because Saul turned against His laws.
And numerous times His people drove Him to anger against them because of their disobedience and lack of gratitude, but when they turned to Him, His love overcame Him and He stayed the punishment He had commanded…..regretting His decision.
But there is a big difference between our regrets and God’s. Our mistakes are usually out of ignorance…. We didn’t know what the results would be, but God’s regrets were because He DID know the outcome. He knew when mankind will respond to His justice, and when they will respond to His Love.
He is the Great Judge of All, but He is also a loving and soft-hearted Father of all. So when He sees just the slightest turning toward Him, that tiny softening of our heart, His own heart melts and He cannot go on with what we deserve.
Our regrets are because deep down, we are trying to control “our” world. We think that because we do, or don’t do, something, everything is set in motion. We forget Who is in control. Nothing happens without the knowledge and approval (many times regretful approval) of God.
He gives us free will, and our choices can and do affect situations, but even then, it has to pass through the mind of God first. We can rest in that, knowing that even the terrible things have been seen by God first.
If we are truly Christian, we have made Jesus the Lord of our lives, and, thus, we accept anything that happens in our lives as His will for us. We can question Him about why it happened, and He welcomes our communication, but we should always rest in His will, knowing that only He knows what’s best.
As your Father, He loves you so much, He could never do you harm. In Jeremiah 29:11, He tells His children: “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.”
And when God says it, we can certainly believe it!!!!!