Why God Gives Us Second Chances
Scripture tells us we have a God who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). And the prophet Jeremiah, who was known as the “weeping prophet” because of the disappointments and heart break in his life, said this about the character of God:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Because He is a good and loving and patient God, He continues to be the God of second chances.
In James 1:5 we are told, “If any of you lacks wisdom [which leads to sinful behavior], you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (emphasis added).
Notice the passage doesn’t say that God will give you wisdom grudgingly, after reminding you of all the times you have failed to use that wisdom. No, instead, He will give wisdom to us generously and without finding fault, meaning He won’t drudge up the previous times we failed to use the wisdom He gave us. He’ll simply give it to us again – and not sparingly, but generously – because He is the God of a second chance.
God’s mercy can’t be overlooked when we read the account of Saul of Damascus who hated Jesus so much he persecuted Christians. He thought he was being zealous for his faith by turning in Christians to be stoned to death by the Jewish religious leaders. Yet, God got in his face, literally, blinded him with a light (literally), and asked Him straight out “Why are you persecuting me?” Then Jesus changed his name to Paul, made Him an ambassador for the Gospel to the Gentiles, and inspired him to write most of the New Testament (Acts 9:1-31). Paul, who had already killed many faithful followers of Christ, shouldn’t have had a second chance in our book. Neither should murderers, rapists, racists, and sexual traffickers. Yet God’s Word says He “is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NASB). Therefore, He continues to give us another chance.
God’s Word says we all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Therefore, because you and I serve a God of second, third, and a million chances, we can be saved, too, and experience life eternal with him – both now and one day in heaven.
To get to know this God of second chances, see Cindi’s books, God’s Whispers to a Woman’s Heart, Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, and Women on the Edge.
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