24 March 2012 – Day 226 – John Allen
In reply to a comment about the election, I said we are in the enviable position of being able to rejoice no matter which way it goes. Things will get ugly before Christ returns. I just don’t want to add to it. Meanwhile, we get to point to the way of escape for others to follow by keeping our focus on Jesus rather than the world.
I lost my focus a few days ago because of my anxiety about the election, and I wasn’t happy with the results, but it didn’t seem to bother God at all. It’s kind of like he expected it. I guess he knows me. Anyway, he says he is pleased that I am struggling with issues of belief, faith, healing, and prophecy, because he wants me to understand them, and it’s OK if I make mistakes. I will understand it at the proper time.
We’re in God’s training program, and we learn from our mistakes, unless we can’t admit making mistakes, in which case we can’t learn from them. Now that I’ve got making mistakes down pat, I’m going to concentrate on not making mistakes. Actually, mistakes are really important because they teach you how to recover. My uncle told me the pilots who never made mistakes in training were the first ones to get killed in combat. They didn’t know how to recover from problems.
My morning Bible reading gave me God’s perspective on mistakes. In John 21:22, Peter asked Jesus about John. “Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’ Because of this, the rumor spread among the brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?’”
When I misinterpreted what God told me about the election, it wasn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last, but if the Apostles didn’t understand what Jesus said, I appear to be in good company. Confessing our sin is the path to God. Our sin only becomes a fatal problem if we are hanging on to it when we stand in God’s presence and God washes our sin away.