God Takes My Mistakes and Uses Them For His Glory

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Read this as a prayer

In faith, I know this to be true:

God takes my mistakes and uses them for his glory.

After Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, he told them later, “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance” (Genesis 45:7 NIV).

God took the brothers’ self-centered action, motivated by jealousy and anger, and he worked it into his plan of redemption. They meant it for bad; God used it for good (Genesis 45).

I know it is true that God can take my sins and mistakes and he can use them for good.

Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31 NIV). But when Peter failed, Jesus knew he’d reached the point of, “I can’t, but God can,” and Jesus said, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17 NIV).

I know it is true that God will still use me in ministry, even after I sin or make mistakes.

God says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).

Jon Walker is the author of Breakfast with Bonhoeffer, Costly Grace, and Growing with Purpose. He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope devotionals.

This devotional is copyrighted 2013 by Jon Walker. Used by permission.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and a contributing editor at pastors.com. Copyright © 2017 Jon Walker. Used by permission.