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DID God MAKE A MISTAKE?

First Published January 1971

Did God make a mistake by putting Adam and Eve in the garden--and they wound up making their own choice, the wrong one! Did God have to confess failure by the flood, in that he had to wipe out all mankind for its wickedness? Was the tower of Babel a total disaster, and was the confusion of tongues a catastrophe, or was it necessary to accomplish God's purpose to humble and scatter man over the face of the earth?

Was it a mistake when Moses killed the Egyptian and had to flee for his life, and lived 40 years in the wilderness with the sheep and his father-in-law? Wasn't that a terrible setback to the cause and the deliverance of his people--or was it necessary that Moses had to go into exile to learn the lessons that God had to teach him, to make him the man he needed to be to deliver his people--totally dependent on God, not himself.

Did God make a mistake when he let David fall for Bathsheba and fall from grace in the eyes of the kingdom, fall from the throne at the hand of his own son, and depart in disgrace and scandal to another country with only a handful of friends? Did David really fall downward, or was this a fall upward? Sometimes God's way up is down, usually, in fact,--just the opposite of what we think. God loves to do things contrary to natural expectation, because that takes a miracle and that shows it is God, and not man. David was humbled and the whole kingdom was humbled, and they were reminded that it was only the Lord that made them what they were. From that squeezing and twisting of David's life came forth the sweet honey of the Psalms and the fragrance of his praises to the Lord for His mercy. It was all God and all grace and none of himself or his own righteousness, a lesson that's been an encouragement to others and other great sinners.

Was Elijah's ministry defeated when he ran from Jezebel after his great victory on Mt. Carmel? Was his great bravery there completely scuttled by his cowardice in the wilderness? Here was the prophet of God afraid of a woman--or was God trying to show him something that was going to make him a better prophet, a humbler prophet?

After Elijah found out that God was not just in the fire, the thunder and the earthquake, this man of fire and thunder became a meek little man of the still small voice of God. He had been great on doom and destruction and judgement, now he was learning the slow, patient process of feeding and leading the sheep.

You have to be a little person first before you can become great. God only makes great people out of little people to show His greatness!

"God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things which are, that no flesh should glory in his presence." (1Cor.1:27-29) That he might get all the glory, because then you know it wasn't man.

The list is almost endless of all the people God had to humble before he could use them--of all the leaders God had to bring down to the depths before they could stand to be exalted--lest they would have taken credit to themselves and not given God the glory. By the time God is ready to make you really great, he makes absolutely nothing out of you, so there's nothing left of you at all, and it's only Jesus. When He can get you out of the way, then He has a chance. When you become nothing but a tool and a channel then God can really use you. He has to break you and humble you and melt you in the fire, purge you, purify you, sift you, beat out the chaff! He has to beat the hell out of you, till there's none of it left-crucify the flesh till it's dead as a doornail--mortify the mind till it's almost gone--so that Jesus can live and think and move in you. Did God make a mistake--or is all this necessary to make us what we ought to be? Couldn't there have been a better, more proper way of doing it?

The proper way is of man. The unexpected and the improper, the unconventional and the untraditional, the unorthodox and unceremonious, contrary to man's natural expectation--this is the way God usually works! "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts!" (Isa.55:8,9) Who can know the mind of the Lord and who can show him anything? (Rom. 11:34)

Who do we think we are, anyway, to tell God what to do and how to do it? God knows his business and it's none of our business how He does it! Trust God that he knows what He is doing. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths." (Prov.3:5,6)

The minute you try to figure it out in the flesh, you might as well quit, because it will probably never work out that way anyhow, "lest Israel say, 'Mine own hand hath saved me'!" (Judges 7:2) God loves to do things contrary to the way we think he ought to do them. Is this a mistake? Is God wrong?

God doesn't make mistakes and even the "foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men." (lCor. 1:25) There is no better way than God's way.

David Berg

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