The Free Dictionary defines mistake as:
1. An error or fault resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or carelessness.
2. A misconception or misunderstanding.
In our journey of life, every human being at one time or other, experiences something in life that leads us to conclude that God has ‘made a mistake’ by allowing it in our lives! It is worth noting however, that the word ‘God’ and the phrase ‘committing a mistake’ in reference to Him are mutually exclusive as are the definitions for mistake above! Anytime we imagine or think that God has made a mistake concerning any matter; on checking further, we will find that it is our understanding that is limited or our judgement defective in some way!
The Bible conclusively indicates to us that the Almighty God is infallible and His character impeccable; thus making it impossible for Him to err as the portions of Scriptures below show:
As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. Ps. 18:30 NKJV
For I proclaim the name of the LORD: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. Deut. 32:3, 4 NKJV
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Ps. 139:14
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom. 8:28 MKJV
God always has a reason for everything He does or allows, even when it doesn’t make sense to us! His word tells us that this is so because His ways are higher than ours. We see this in the example of Peter who got a rebuke when he tried to derail Christ from His mission! He didn’t understand that the Lord’s coming passion formed the major part of His actual mission for the redemption of mankind. In Matt. 16:21-23 we read:
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, God be gracious to You, Lord! This shall never be to You. But He turned and said to Peter, Go, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you do not savor the things that are of God, but those that are of men. MKJV
Sometimes even though God’s plans may cause us and others to raise eyebrows, we’re better off following His leading. We need to have the confidence that His knowledge by far supersedes ours and He always has our best interests at heart. His word tells us that:
Trust the LORD completely, and don’t depend on your own knowledge. With every step you take, think about what He wants, and He will help you go the right way. Pr. 3:5, 6
For what seems to be God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and what seems to be God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 1Cor. 1:25
We should learn to trust God even when we do not see where we’re going nor understand His intentions because He knows the end of things even before they begin. In the end everything works out beautifully because He never makes any mistake.
Dear Lord we ask for Your help to always have it in mind that being perfect in all Your ways, You cannot make a mistake. Even when things appear to be against us, teach us to remember that You always have our back, and that things will turn out just fine in the end.