Regret or Righteousness?

675px-Potter_in_Rabka_03When my husband and I hiked in Kings Canyon, we got off the trail on one of the hikes. We weren’t sure when or how we departed from the route shown on the map, but we got into progressively rougher terrain and ran into more obstacles. We wondered, “Is this really the trail?”
Finally we decided to turn around, ask God’s help, and try to find our way back to a place we recognized. When we found the trail again, we thanked God, went back to the trail head, and looked for a hike that was more clearly marked.
As a follower of Jesus, I sometimes get off the path where He is leading. I find the going rougher and the obstacles greater as the Holy Spirit keeps prodding me to return to the right way. I’m so glad God doesn’t leave me alone, but instead calls me back into His light!
I used to get bogged down in hopeless regret when I made a seemingly big mistake or had grievously sinned. First John 1:9 assures me that God forgives and cleanses me as soon as I confess my sin and turn back to Him. However, I can’t go back in time and live those days the way God had planned. That righteous path is blocked for me.
Recently, thoughts on Jeremiah 18:3-11 encouraged me about that. There God says He can do with the people of Judah as the potter did with the pot he was making. It didn’t turn out as he had hoped, so he returned it to a lump and made a different vessel.
“O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand (Jeremiah 18:6 New Living Translation).”
Because of God’s goodness and mercy, He plans a different route for me to go where I can honor and glorify Him again. That righteous path will be just as wonderful as “Plan A.” Not only that, “Plan C” would be just as marvelous as Plan A or B. Likewise, His plans D, E…Z, AA, AB, and on to infinity will be equally amazing. In God’s multifaceted, infinite wisdom, He makes each one of His “paths of righteousness” perfect.
I don’t want to fail or sin or in any way damage this vessel God is working on. But I do. And God, with His unlimited creativity and grace still has great plans for me to take part in as soon as I return to Him and His way. Indeed, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3).”
Goodbye, Hopeless Regret. Hello, Joy in the Lord!

© Tricia Opitz Nov. 20515-Nov. 2016 https://triciajots4jesus.wordpress.com/

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5 responses to “Regret or Righteousness?

  1. Yes Tricia until we are Born Again and Perfected in Love having put our Carnal flesh to death, we are under the Blood of Christ and He is our Advocate, God’s grace forgives and restores but He does not just Zap us or change us against our will, He does not want Puppets but for us to choose, I ask Him to help me to choose wisely, I also don’t minimize the wrong I have done but I do rejoice that I’m forgiven when I repent from the heart and turn away from evil and seek to do good by His empowering.

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for Doctrine, for Reproof, for Correction, for Instruction in Righteousness: That the man/woman of God may be Perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

    “Christ”ian Love Always – Anne

  2. “Create in me a clean heart” by Don Moen is a really good song. I like “There is none like You” also. Thanks for commenting.
    “Christ”ian love always,
    Tricia

  3. Jeremiah chapters 30 and 31
    Our Kairos Now…In His Love
    The darkest part of the night is just before the dawn of the rising sun/Son.
    Be blessed more…
    THanK you Yashua

  4. Song by Carey Landry
    “Abba, Father”
    He is the Potter we are the clay. Amen

    • I’m sorry I never replied to any of your comments. I didn’t even know I had further comments on this post. Now I’ve discovered WordPress’ notifications and am finding out things I was unaware of. Blessings, Tricia

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