Sunday, October 7, 2018

WHEN YOU MESSED UP.....

What happened last week that was caused by your blunder?

Not all of our blunders can be chalked up to the sovereignty of God. The Bible clearly teaches, from many accounts of people's decisions in Bible times, that some of life's problems are clearly caused by our choices. Can God clean up the mess we make?

But, there are times when God is in the details, and one of the details may have been what looks like our blunder or lousy decision making.

Here is a classic story where one man's blunder saved many lives:




George Middleton was a missionary on furlough from Africa with the Sudan Interior Mission. He had traveled from Canada to a town near Philadelphia to speak at a meeting, and he was on his way home. He bought a train ticket to Philadelphia and a plane ticket from Philadelphia to Canada.

George was standing on the train platform waiting for the train to arrive so he could board. Suddenly, several man in suits charged up to him, pulled guns, and ordered him to surrender. He asked them why they were doing this as they handcuffed him. They refused to even explain anything, and rushed him to a vehicle and to an FBI office.

Once at the office, George tried to explain that he was a missionary and traveling home to Canada. They mocked him, and by their talk he gathered that he looked like some notorious wanted criminal. You would have to know George to appreciate this situation. George Middleton was one of those men who looked like a thug. His face looked hard, and if he was not smiling you might try to avoid being near him. That was simply the way God made George, and George had accepted it and joked about it sometimes.

The FBI agents started doing forensics, and they soon saw that they had arrested the wrong man. They apologized profusely for causing George to miss his train and flight home to Canada. They took him back to the train station and helped him make new travel arrangements, but George's life had been seriously messed up. George was a man who had had many ugly experiences as a missionary, so he was able to emotionally accept the situation as an interruption allowed by God. 

He realized his wife would be expecting him on a certain flight, and he would not be on the plane when it landed in Canada. So, he called home to tell his wife the new travel arrangements. When his wife answered the phone and heard George's voice, he said she totally went to pieces crying the asking him why he was calling.

You see, the flight George was at first booked on crashed, and everyone on board was killed.

What a mess God made of George's life by letting him look exactly like some gangland criminal. That is what we might think humanly, and we might wonder why God allowed him to be in just the wrong place when the FBI arrived.

So, back to my first question..... How did you mess up this last week?

When God is in the details, he has ways to even use our blunders to his glory. And, remember, it is not rude to God in any way for you to go to God and ask for a special dispensation of his sovereignty, and ask him to help you clean up the mess.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?