Quick Word from Pastor Rob
I’m glad that God gives second chances.
All of us have made some mistakes in our life. Of course some mistakes are worse than others but nonetheless we have all made them. I’m not going to focus now on the kinds of mistakes but rather that God gives us another chance when we make them.
God gave Jonah a second chance. Jonah 1:1-3 says: Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah saying, arise go to Nineveh that great city and cry out against it for their wickedness has come up before me”. But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. This is a classic example of making a poor decision. Eventually Jonah would realize the full scale of his decision when he was picked up and thrown into the sea by the crew of the ship he was traveling on. Ultimately he prayed to the Lord and begged forgiveness and the fish spit him up onto dry land. Then we read these words in Jonah 2:1: “Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time…” This time Jonah got it right.
When God gives you a second chance make the most of it. Remember when Peter denied the Lord three times as He was being led away to the crucifixion? He was so distraught that he wept bitterly. He knew he blew it. Yet Jesus sought him out after His resurrection and in John 21 we are told that Jesus restored him and set him free to do His work. He was given a second chance. It was only a short while later that Peter would preach an amazing sermon on the Day of Pentecost.