Sometimes we just “blow” it. There’s the car you shouldn’t have purchased or the job you should have taken. Perhaps for you its a relation that ended before its time, or an error in judgment that cost you dearly. We all have those, “What was I thinking,” events that have tripped us up over the course of our lives. But is there still hope? Yes there is!
At connections. We use the acronym H.O.P.E – it stands for Humility, Obedience, Prayer, and Expectancy. In 2Chronicles 6:26-42 Solomon, having completed the temple, prays and dedicates it to The Lord. As he prays, he asks The Lord ‘what if.’ The king was concerned that the people may turn away from the teachings that were passed down from his father King David. You will need to read the prayer in its entirety to appreciate the magnitude of Solomon’s concern for the people in his care. In essence he asked, ‘what if we blow it?”
The answer comes in the next chapter, (2Chronicles 7:14). This verse was quoted by then president Ronald Reagan in 1980 during his 1st inauguration. It reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” And that is where we find H.O.P.E.
Humility – Without humility, we will never be at a place to admit we’ve blown it. Pride tells us that we are too good to admit we were wrong or that we might need help in overcoming the situation. Show me someone who has had a moral failure and I will show you an individual that was to proud to admit they were in trouble
Obedience – We see this from the phrase, “turn from their wicked ways.” It’s good to have the humility required to say that you’ve blown it. but we must also do our best to right-the-wrong. I realize that’s no always possible. We should do what we can to adjust our behavior to reflect God’s way of doing things in the arena in which we have blown it.
Prayer – Have a heart-to-heart with God. He already knows that you’ve blown it so you may as well talk to Him about it. His desire is to heal, forgive, and to reconcile. James 1:5 tells us that He wants to give us the wisdom needed to get through the situation we have placed ourselves in. Humility will cause us to pray. His word of wisdom should cause us to obey.
Expectation - As I mentioned in the last paragraph, God’s will is always good for His people! It is an act of faith to assume God will bring about a good end to bad circumstances (Romans 8:28). God is good for His promises! (2Corithians 2:20)
Grab yourself a latte, ponder these things, and I will see you next week for part 2 of,
“What if I’ve Blown It”