Our problem is seldom that we don’t love God enough; it is almost always that we are unaware of how much God loves us. The true essence of Christianity is a celebration of what God has done for us out of His abundant love.
God wants you to know that He is the author of good things for you – healings, redemption, reconciliation, debt cancellation and more – and as an overflow of His love, He is the author of the second chance – more specifically, your second chance.
We all long for second chances. We all want resets and do-overs. We all have made choices that we regret and we feel the impact of those past choices. (You aren’t the only one.) But the Bible delivers good news: God is the God of second chances. If the Bible is about anything, it is full of stories about second chances. You could say that every story in the Bible is the story of a second chance. Here are just a few:
Story of Joseph
As told in the book of Genesis, Joseph was unfairly sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and then thrown in a prison for no good reason, but God gave him a second chance, raising Joseph up to be the second most powerful person in Egypt in his day. Furthermore, God gave him a second chance at his relationship with his brothers. Joseph forgave and declared, “You may have meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”
Story of Samson
God called Samson to deliver His people, but Samson messed up by messing around with a deceptive woman, Delilah, who enticed him to give up the secret of his strength. He was captured, blinded and put in chains. But God gave Samson a second chance. Being filled once again by supernatural power, Samson gave more glory to God and more victory to the children of Israel than ever in his life. And it came after his second chance.
Story of Jonah
God told Jonah to go to Nineveh, but Jonah did not want to go, so he went in the opposite direction. Consequently, Jonah was swallowed up in the belly of a whale. But God gave Jonah a second chance. After three days, the whale spit out Jonah, and he went on to bring glory to God. (By the way, Jonah’s three days in the whale parallels Jesus’ three days in the earth after His death on the cross, providing insight into how God works. He seems to revel in being the God of second chances.)
Story of Saul of Tarsus
Saul was persecuting Christians until the Lord Jesus Himself stopped Saul on the road and blinded him with a great light. Jesus said, “Why are you persecuting Me?” Indeed, Jesus identifies so much with His followers that He feels our pain. Saul basically asked, “What should I do?” God gave Saul a second chance, choosing him to spread the gospel across the world. Saul was so transformed that he changed his name to Paul. He ended up writing most of the New Testament – yes, a persecutor of Christians, a man who got a second chance.
The stories of people receiving second chances abound in the Bible, but it all boils down to this: good news, bad news, really good news. The good news was that God created the world and He saw that it was good. The bad news was that man messed it up through choosing to sin. However, the really good news is that the God of the second chance sent His Son to restore it all back by what He did for us.
God’s love brings second chances. Accept the grace God has for you. No matter what, there is a second chance for you.