God of the Second Chance
Grace has one distinctive feature which I cherish greatly. I call it, ”The Second Chance Gift”.
Man as we know, fell from the grace of God. However, our merciful Father, knowing what would happen, had set another plan in motion.
It would have been easy for Him to destroy Adam and Eve and produce another set of humans who would carry out His purpose on earth but God decided on the tougher option - love option. He chose to allow His Son to suffer so that you and I could be saved. He gave us a second chance to get back to the glory He gave to us in the beginning!
As I cast my mind back to the past, there are things I wished I had done differently. There were people who were hurt by the things I said and I wished I had said it differently. There were things I lost because I was not careful enough; there were decisions I made in haste and I wished I had waited a while. The list goes on and on.
As I think on these things, I remember the grace of God and my heart lightens. A smile gradually begins to lighten my face as I am encouraged by the stories of the Patriarchs in the Bible who missed it but were given a second chance by God.
Jacob was one of them. After deceitfully taking his brother's blessings, (Gen 27:18-26) he met with God and his name changed from ”Deception” to ”Prince” (Gen 32:26-29) What a change! All because God gave Him another chance to be what He was born to be.
David missed it several times in his life but one particular incident stands out. He murdered a man and took his wife. Now, anyone would judge this rightly as wicked and deserving of the strictest punishment.
Even David himself, when being told of how a rich man decided to forcefully take the only lamb that a poor man owned to entertain his guests, was very angry and pronounced that the man should be sentenced to death until he realized that the parable was about him and what he did to his soldier. (2 Samuel 12: 1-6)
David however got a second chance from God and was the only man in the Bible God referred to as a man after His heart. Samson, Ruth, Mary Magdalene, Zacchaeus and a host of others, enjoyed Gods second chance option.
God has a purpose for your life and mine.
We may have blown it in the past but the reason you are alive today is because you have been given another chance by God.
His plan for you is that you will have a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He currently serves as a Worship Leader as well as Home Group Leader in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events. He is the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online Ministry and Moderator/Editor of the Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address,