Monday, February 18, 2013

Truth or Lie #6: God Makes No Mistakes

Truth:    God makes no mistakes.

Lie:         When life seems all messed up, God has probably made a mistake.

Fanny Crosby, author of many well-loved hymns, was blinded as an infant due to improper medical care.

At the end of her life, Fanny Crosby gave this testimony: “Although it may have been a blunder on the physician’s part, it was no mistake of God’s.”
(taken from Fearlessly Feminine by Jani Ortlund)

What if you or I remembered only darkness? Lifetime darkness due to human error?

Would we ask the questions that often creep into our minds when things don’t make sense? 

Questions like . . .
Where was God when that happened?
Why did He allow that?
Did He turn away His love at the wrong moment?
Did He fail me?
Did He make a mistake?

Instead of accepting His ways, we try to figure them out.
In an attempt to wrap our minds around something that could never make sense—like lifetime blindness, for instance—we misinterpret His ways.

I heard a pastor once say, “We can be too quick to speak; too quick to explain.”

The truth is . . . we’re too quick to fit God in our little box. When what He does or allows doesn’t fit in that box, we call it a mistake.

But God doesn’t work in a straight line.

God isn’t tame.

He defines Himself and His ways in these words:
“I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, 
and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” (Isaiah 46:9,10)

The truth is . . . God will do what He determines to do. And nothing can thwart that.

Fanny Crosby accepted her blindness because she was convinced, “It was no mistake of God’s.”

Maybe one day we will each see life through her eyes.


This is Part 6 in a series, called “Truth or Lie,” based on the book, Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

In the final chapter, Nancy highlights 22 freeing truths that are essential to our Christian lives.

Come back each Monday (or subscribe to this blog) as we look together at these 22 truths one-by-one. 

(And feel free to share your own thoughts below!)


  1. Hi Bethany,

    Wow, what a testimony to her trust and tender faith in God after her blindness! Thanks for telling me this.

    Jennifer Dougan

    1. Thanks for your comment, Jennifer. Yes, the testimony of many before us is a huge encouragement!