God Recycles Our Mistakes

“If we repent God always recycles our mistakes.”  Mark Batterson

This is a quote from a book I am reading called The Circle Maker.  Yesterday, I tweeted this quote and after it I wrote “Truth!!”

A little bit later, I had someone tweet me back these words, “Got a Bible verse for that. Can’t seem to find that in my Bible anywhere.”

At first, I was a little offended because the response seemed mocking and somewhat confrontational.

However, I am so thankful they did send this tweet, because it challenged me to dig a little deeper. And, since I couldn’t respond in 140 characters, I thought I would respond here.

First, let me define how I tend to use the word “Truth”. Many times (and maybe I will need to reconsider doing this because it looks like some may misinterpret it.) Some times, I use it as a way of saying to others  “I agree wholeheartedly!”  or “Amen!”  or “Here Here.”

Sometimes, I don’t say it to mean, “those exact words are in the Bible.”
For instance, if some one said to me “Eileen, you drink a lot of coffee.”
My response would be, “Truth!”

But, back to my tweet that ruffled some feathers.

“If we repent, God always recycles our mistakes.”

I believe this. In fact, I see evidence of God doing this exact thing all through scripture.

Just this morning, one of the assigned reading for my one year through the Bible journey was to read Numbers 21:4-9.

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

Did you see that?  The Israelites sinned.  God punished.  The Israelites confessed and repented.  God “recycled” the mistake.  He redeemed it.

This isn’t the only place in Scripture where I’ve seen God punish people for disobedience but then redeem the mistake once repentance took place.  God is constantly righting our wrongs.

Many times he delivered them,
but they were bent on rebellion
and they wasted away in their sin
But he took note of their distress
when he heard their cry,
for their sake he remembered his covenant
and out of his great love he relented.
He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive.
Psalm 106: 43-46

Let me say that again. God is constantly righting our wrongs. Either the wrongs we personally take part in or the wrongs done to us.

Jonah knew it. “When my life was ebbing away I remembered you Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice you. What I have vowed I make good. Salvation comes from the Lord. And the Lord, commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” Jonah 2:7-10

Joseph knew it. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20

Paul knew it. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1: 12-17

I know it. You can’t tell me that God doesn’t recycle my mistakes. Every day is an opportunity to be a living, breathing testimony of the power of His Grace! Our mistakes and failures do not get the final say. I get to write everyday about this hope. I get to share this hope with the ladies in my Thursday morning bible study. Every mistake, every pain, every heartache is being used for His glory! “You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.” Psalm 30:11-12

Jesus knows it. The cross is the biggest symbol of God righting our wrongs. When we accept the work Jesus did on the cross and repent, our mistakes and our sins are not only wiped clean but God finds a way to use them for His Glory in order to bring more lost souls to Him!

“If we repent, God always recycles our mistakes.”  Truth!

Agree?   Disagree?   Let’s discuss.


13 thoughts on “God Recycles Our Mistakes

  1. LarryTheDeuce

    First, it aggravates me when someone always wants a bible verse to prove what is right. That’s why we have so much proof testing and verses taken out of context.
    However, what I really want to say is this thought is the point of the whole Bible. He does this through Christ, correcting the “mistake” of Adam and Eve. That’s how I would have answered the tweet.

  2. Jessica

    “For those who love God, all things work together for good.” Call it that or call it recycling our mistakes – God is still sovereign in our lives, turning the bad into good! Thanks so much for your thoughts! Truth! 😉

  3. Loren Pinilis

    Romans 8:28 is the good ol’ fallback for this. We have to have a right definition of what “good” is, though. God works all things for good, but “good” doesn’t mean happiness or prosperity or success – it means being conformed into the image of Christ. With that definition, God absolutely uses our mistakes for good.


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