“Agrippa said to Festus, ‘This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.'” Acts 26:32
Have you ever had a moment where you wish you could take back the words? I’ve had too many to count. But the good news is that even the Apostle Paul had one of those moments.
Paul was in hot water with the political authorities of his day because of his testimony of Christ, and he appealed to Caesar as a way out of the mess. Yet little did he know that another King, who favored him, could have released him shortly after.
We don’t know how Paul dealt with this in his mind, but we do know what kind of man Paul was. I’m sure he recognized that even his dumbest decisions, when done with the sincerity of his heart, were used by God to accomplish His purposes.
The same is true for us. There’s never a need to kick ourselves if we could’ve done or said something different. We can’t worry about that – God knows our fallibility, and His infallibility is big enough to cover it!
Paul ultimately ended up exactly where Christ wanted him. We can trust, that no matter what we do, as long as our hearts are sincere to please Christ, we will land right where God wants us – even if we say some hasty things along the way!
Photo source: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/12/dont-wait-to-apologise-for-a-slip-of-the-tongue/