One More Chance (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 245)
Acts 13:22 (NLT)
But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’
There are times in all of our lives when we fail badly and need deep forgiveness. God in his mercy still uses those who return to him. Like Jonah, we all need a second chance. For some of us, it’s a third, fourth, or even fifth chance. God isn’t like people. He waits patiently and longs for us to return to him. As humans we require second chances and God is willing to oblige.
Adam sinned in the garden, but God extended his grace to him. Moses killed a man, but God still chose him to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land. David committed adultery, killed a man, and lied for nine months, but God still used him in a mighty way. Elijah gave up, complained, and wallowed in self-pity about what was going on around him, but God restored him. Paul killed Christians and didn’t want to have anything to do with God but God saw fit to make him one of the greatest Christian witnesses.
God sees fit to give us one more chance because it often takes several chances for us to get the message. God doesn’t easily give up. We are undeserving of God’s saving grace but he gives it to us anyway. If it looks like your situation is bleak right now, at every turn there is an obstacle, every day there is someone who doesn’t understand you, everything is crumbling around you and you are powerless to save it. That’s not when you run from God, that’s when you run to him. When you completely blow it and fail, you can trust God to give you another chance to get it right.
You must know something. Nothing happens until we learn to trust God and obey God. It’s that simple. You can push your way through all you want. You can fight for the earthly material things that ultimately don’t matter. You can spend all your time and energy trying to get ahead. It will take you a thousand years to do what God can do in one week if you just obey what he told you to do and trust Him to do what only He can do. Whatever it is that you’re going through, trust God to give you a second chance to get it right.
“Our God is the God of second chances. When you fall He comes running toward you.”
— Joel Osteen