Life / Theology / July 1, 2011

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

How does someone who believes in a sovereign God handle regrets? I believe the first and have the latter. It’s a conundrum.

I believe God’s purpose was served by my bad decisions throughout life  sometimes in ways that are clear and sometimes not so much.  I also  believe God was dishonored by these very same decisions.

I would go back make different choices about hundreds of things. But I wouldn’t give up the wisdom, discipline, and blessings God has brought through my bad decisions.  God has grown me through my foolishness, but I still wish I hadn’t been a fool.

So am I to regret, to be thankful, to be . . .what?

This much is certain, without a sovereign God my foolishness would be for naught. I would compound it with foolishness. It’s the way sin works. It would be a hopeless spot.

Since God is sovereign I have hope. I can move ahead. I can marvel. And I still regret.


Jul 01, 2011

Amen, Barnabas. Glad you’re blogging. I expect basketball-based enlightenment.

Jul 01, 2011

I would say that regret is a wonderfully grace-infused sign that we have learned, grown and increased in wisdom. If we didn’t have regrets we would not have anything to look back to, ponder and reevaluate. Only my confidence in a sovereign God keeps me from beating myself up over those things that I did not use wisdom in. His grace covers a multitude of sins and his sovereignty works all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purposes. That is what makes God worthy of my complete devotion.

Victor Scott

Jul 09, 2011

Thanks. These are timely words for me.

Dec 03, 2011

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