He Makes No Mistakes

One of the lessons we learn from the life of Job is that we must always trust God, even when we find ourselves in the midst of confusing circumstances.  Job didn’t know why he was allowed to suffer, but we know that God had allowed the enemy to attack his faith.  Satan tried his hardest to get Job to curse God.  The reason this was allowed was for God’s glory, and Job didn’t buckle under the pressure.  He worshiped God and did not charge God with wrongdoing.  Job came to the realization that no matter what we face in life, our God makes no mistakes.

I recently read the story of a Mississippi pastor named A.M. Overton who lived in the early 1900’s. In 1932, he had a wife, three small children, and a fourth child on the way. At the time of delivery, there were serious complications, and Overton’s wife and infant died. During the funeral, the officiating preacher noticed the grieving young pastor writing something on a piece of paper. After the service, the minister asked him about it and was handed a poem entitled, “He Maketh No Mistake.”

The poem that Overton wrote at his wife and baby’s funeral became a song, and the lyrics are a powerful reminder of God’s faithfulness in dark times:

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
My heart may throb and ache,
But in my soul I’m glad to know,
He maketh no mistake.
My cherished plans may go awry,
My hopes may fade away,
But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
For He doth know the way.
Though the night be dark and it may seem,
That day will never break,
I’ll pin 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, though dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

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