Scripture screams, “Second chances.”
Imagine if David was left as an adulterer and murderer. Peter as a betrayer and coward. Or the children of Israel as idolaters who were too fickle and fearful to ever reach the promised land.
Aren’t you glad that the promised land wasn’t reserved for the perfect? That God gave second and third and fourth chances? That he created a covenant and, when the people broke it, he renewed the covenant?
We can learn from our mistakes. We can repent and turn back to God. No matter how embarrassingly far we have strayed. No matter how deep the pit we have crawled out of. Even if the stench of our sin still lingers. Even if everybody knows where we’ve been. Even if we did the thing we swore we would never do.
God is a God of second and third and fourth chances. “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” 👈 Do you know who said that? David did after being confronted with his sin of being with Bathsheba and murdering her husband. (Psalm 51:17) He believed that God would cleanse his heart and restore his joy.
Even if we have failed to obey Him in the past (Exodus 32), it’s not too late to repent and begin doing “just as the Lord commanded (Exodus 39: 1, 5, 7, 21, 26, 29, 31, 43.)
Praise the Lord for second chances.
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