Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
~ Isaiah 48:18 – ESV ~
We all look back and remark on the many regrets of missed opportunities, mistakes, and chosen paths we have taken. Our thoughts revolve around the idea that if we had made different choices – life may have turned out better. If only had we chosen rightly would we have experienced blessings from God.
Many tend to ruminate on how, if they had done things radically different how much better their lives would have been. In some way, we shift the blame from our own failings, and willfully wanderings, back onto God. In some way, we convince ourselves God has let us down. However, the real truth is we have let God down when we failed to live up to His guidance and counsel.
Our selfish and prideful convictions led us down path’s that have led us away from His divine love and sovereign grace. It is the reason we have not fulfilled our desires and dreams. It is the futile rebellious spirit of our humanity that have led us into captivity. Yet, despite our own failings, we desire to come back to Him. Return to the path and find restoration in our lives. We want to be at peace and not in turmoil.
Through restoration of our relationship with our divine Heavenly Father, we may say to ourselves, If only and God responds with Now you are able. Despite those lost times, misadventures, and past mistakes; we are redeemed with hope of experiencing bountiful opportunities for growth. Here is where our trust in surrendering ourselves over to God’s divine grace and care provides us with direction. As long as we choose to follow Him and His counsel. It is our trust in God that brings us peace that flows like unto a river.