There’s no mistake God can’t correct

God let the biggest mistake happen before he even created us. He gave us humans freedom of choice. And what did we do with our freedom of choice? We used it to reject him.

Huge mistake on God’s part, right? So why did he let it happen – especially when he already knew what happened when he gave a created being free will? He gave the angels free will, for instance, and look what they did with it. One third of them chose to follow Lucifer’s rebellion and now God was stuck with a devil and an army of demons against him.

But then God bungled things up again by letting the devil loose on Adam and Eve. Why on earth would he do that, when it was obvious, surely, that naive, hot-off-the-press humans were no match for the cunning of a seasoned warlord like the devil? Unsurprisingly, therefore, humans rebelled against God too, and now God was stuck with us against him as well.

What greater mistakes could God have made? His two masterpiece creations, angels and humans, turned against him, revealing a terrible flaw in their design. But what does it tell us about God? That he flubs things too, and therefore he can’t be trusted? – OR – to show us there’s no mistake he can’t correct, and therefore he can be trusted?

The answer in Ephesians 1:4-9 is that God had already corrected the flaw in our design before he even created us. He already knew how to make created beings “holy and blameless” despite their wrong choices. It meant he could give humans the freedom to choose and make every mistake in the book, but in the end it would all work out perfectly.

There isn’t a mistake we make, therefore, that God can’t correct, because he’s already corrected all of them. In his Son’s death, for instance, he’s already forgiven every mistake we’ll ever make, verse 7, and through the Holy Spirit he “guarantees our inheritance,” verse 14 – meaning we remain his much-loved children no matter what we do, verse 5. And he sends us the Spirit to make sure we get that point understood deep down in our innermost being too (Romans 8:15-16, Ephesians 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:5).

What God is after is a relationship of trust between us and him. And how does our trust for him get started? From knowing God’s door is open to us no matter what we do. He invites us in, sits back and listens to our tale of woe and all the ghastly mess-ups we’ve made, so he can remind us yet again, “It’s already been taken care of, remember? Wanna hug?”

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