The God Of Second Chances

We were walking around our backyard yesterday and realized that there was much summer work we just hadn’t gotten to yet. Our garden was still up (though dead), and there was still a pile of pine needles and the potential for other piles laying flat over our yard. In an average year, we would have been in jackets and caps in the low 50s on September 30, but I was in a t-shirt and slept with the windows open last night.

This little warm-up has offered us one last chance to get the rest of our “summer” things done and enjoy outdoors. All the missed opportunities are forgotten as we can now take advantage of the chance we have now to finish what we started. When I think of second chances, I think of the way that God offers second chances to us. God is not a God who delights in us living in disobedience to His Word, but He is also not a God who delights in punishing us. God would much rather show His kindness than show His anger to us. It is for this reason that He offers second chances.

Psalm 80:14 says “Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine.” The prayer of the psalmist is for God to return and give another chance at what God wanted. When you look at the lives of Jonah, David, and Peter, you realize that God gives second chances to all who are truly seeking Him.

However, just as the snow will eventually come, there is a time limit with God. He will not give an infinite number of chances to everyone. This is why He says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Will you obey what God says today, while you still have your second or third or fourth chance?