“He Makes No Mistakes”

Posted: November 23, 2013 in Christian Life, Compassion, Death, Thanksgiving

            Poems. Who reads them anymore? Maybe you should. The one below touched my soul and might have a positive effect on your life too. It’s hard to imagine that this one was written in 1932 by a pastor in Mississippi named A. M. Overton, who had a wife and three small children. His wife was pregnant with their fourth child but when it came time for delivery, there were complications and both she and the baby died.

            Mistake? During the funeral service, the officiating Pastor noticed A. O. Overton writing something on a piece of paper. So after the service was over he asked him about it, and he (Overton) handed him the paper with a poem he had just written which he titled, “He Maketh No Mistake.”

            “My Father’s way may twist and turn, / My heart may throb and ache, / But in my soul I’m glad I know / He maketh no mistake.

            “My cherished plans may go astray, / My hopes may fade away, / But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead / For He doth know the way.

            “Tho’ night be dark and it may seem / That day will never break; / I’ll put my faith, my all in him, / He maketh no mistake.

            “There’s so much now I cannot see / My eyesight’s far too dim; / But come what may, I’ll simply trust / And leave it all to Him.

            “For by and by the mist will lift / And plain it all He’ll make, / Through all the way, tho’ dark to me, / He made not one mistake.” – By A. M. Overton

            What If? I wander if any of us would feel this way if such a thing were to happen to us. The patriarch Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15). He thought it was God who was making his life miserable. But we know that the devil was responsible for Job’s afflictions and pains (Job 1, 2). God permitted His servant to suffer to prove to the devil that some of His loyal servants will be true to God no matter what happens to them. The Apostle Paul wrote: “For I consider that they sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

            Be Strong. When the devil attacks you as a Christian, put on the whole armor of God and then resist him and he will flee from you (Ephesians 6:1-17; James 4:7). Do you know how he attacks you and which piece of the armor is designed to counter them? If not, ask us for some help. Don’t let disappointment, discouragement, and doubt bring you down. He has eleven more darts that he throws at us periodically. “Be sober and vigilant” (1 Peter 5:8).

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