Devotion for April 14, 2021

“I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him …” (Isaiah 57:18)

Are you asking, “Is it too late for God to do something with me?” It’s never too late for God! In Scripture we read about broken people God raised up in marvelous ways. He used Moses, a murderer, to deliver the Hebrew slaves. He used Jacob, a liar and a trickster, to fulfil His promise to Abraham. He even included Rahab, a harlot, in the messianic family line. And if God redeemed them, He can redeem you too. Brokenness should never keep you bound. Rather, it should release you into a life of freedom.

A truly broken person understands the reality of John 15:5, where Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing”. A broken person who has learned to depend on God is a force to be reckoned with. When you’re looking at a past strewn with failures, it’s difficult to see a bright future, just as it’s difficult to drive when you’re looking in the rear-view mirror. You need to glance in your rear-view mirror occasionally, but if you keep focusing on it you’ll end up hurting yourself and others. That’s why the windshield is so much bigger than the rear-view mirror — it shows you where you’re heading instead of where you’ve been!

When you turn/return to God He will forgive you, restore you, and use you for His purposes. He said, “I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, bringing words of praise to their lips” (Isaiah 57:18-19). The word for today is — it’s never too late for God!

Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my past and always being willing to use me in new ways — Your Ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike

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