There are several scriptures where we are told that God “regretted” an action He took. It is interesting that the Hebrew root word for “regret” actually means “to sigh.” Since we know God does not make mistakes, the concept of sighing is a more descriptive term for the kind of regret God experiences. In Genesis Chapter 6:7 we read, “after seeing the wickedness on the earth, God regretted making man”. But what about us? Do we live a life full of regrets?
On Sunday Morning 15 May, 2022, I preached from Isaiah Chapter 43:18-19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. My emphasis will be to stop living in the past and to have a forward vision of what God will do in the future.
In this blog, I would like to share just three humorous decisions that were made which I am sure they now regret:
• In Germany a bank robber pulled out a gun and demanded money. The teller told him she needed to see his ID which he handed it to the cashier, he then took the cash, and in haste, left his ID behind.
• A girl told Bill Gates (Microsoft) it’s the computer or me.
• When a man pauses for a moment when his wife asks, “Do I look fat in this?”
In 2016, I was part of a team on a business trip to Africa which included visiting an Orphanage caring for approximately 100 children of all ages who were the victims of losing their parents to Ebola. It was a very moving experience as the children sung with such enthusiasm and joy, as their faces glowed expressing their love for Jesus. As the only Christian on this team, I felt responsible for appropriately representing the company who paid my salary with dignity and integrity. I was not in a church setting, where preaching the gospel was expected, but 7,500 miles away from home with a mandate to conduct specific business goals that I was made accountable. I am relating this because it was suggested to me as we were traveling to the Orphanage to speak to the children, which I denied the offer. My reason was that I am comfortable presenting, provided I have time to prepare and this offer was made <15 mins of arriving at the Orphanage i.e., no time for preparation.
This is my confession. I now feel ashamed that I did not seize the opportunity when it was being handed to me on a plate, and I did not only fail the children, but also the Lord. Additionally, it has always been my position when employed in secular employment that I was paid to work and not gossip the gospel therefore my life should be my witness and testimony. Six years have passed and it is still a memory that I live with, however, it is not a regret that prevents me from seizing the opportunities each day that God allows in my life.
My good Welsh friend who is now with the Lord had a saying: “Life is not a bowl of cherries”. Life has peaks and valleys. There are good times and not so good times and sometimes we are thrown a curve ball. What about you? I appeal to you this very moment that you do not allow past regrets to become an anchor that is preventing you from moving forward. Many of you may have had a church-background and now in adulthood, you have grown cold towards the things of God. Maybe someone hurt you deeply and you just feel you cannot forgive. Whatever the reasons, I believe God wants to do a new thing in your life and give you a clean slate. One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians Chapter 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. When we ask Jesus to come into our lives as our Lord and Savior, He makes us brand new and those regrets just melt away.
If you say this short prayer today from your heart, you too can become a born-again Christian:
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn away from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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