God of Second Chances
A number of years ago when I was in college, I got a ticket for having expired license plate tags. It was my second ticket in two years for that particular infraction… and it might not have been the only ticket I received while I was in college. I am– really!– a good driver. At least that’s what I kept trying to tell the police officers.
After that second ticket, I went to the court to see if the judge would waive the ticket fee for my expired tags since I had gone and registered my car immediately. I was hoping the judge would notice that I was nicely dressed and on my best behavior. The problem was that she didn’t look at me at all; she looked entirely at the computer screen, which I prayed didn’t list all of my past infractions. That prayer didn’t get answered quite the way I was hoping.
“I see here this isn’t the first time you’ve driven with expired tags.”
“No, Your Honor.”
“Looks like you’ve been busy, Mr. Martineau.”
“Yes, Your Honor,” My head lowered in shame, I squeaked, “I am totally at your mercy.”
She looked up from the computer screen. Then she smiled and waived the penalty. I was given another chance!
- Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah 3:1-2
You know what “a second time” is called? A second chance. God is the God of second chances (or ten thousand chances). It’s grace in its purest form, and it is the heart of our Heavenly Father.
- Anyone who is among the living has hope – even a live dog is better off than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4
- Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13
No matter where you are, God is offering you a second chance. No matter what you have done, no matter how many times you have done it, no matter where you have wandered, God is inviting you to turn to Him, and He is ready to offer you another chance.
This coming weekend we will be starting our new sermon series called “Second Chances” — a study of the book of Jonah. I hope you’ll be able to join us, and I hope you’d consider inviting someone to come with you.