A Second Chance

God gave Nineveh another chance when they repented of their sins. Judgment had been already pronounced by the Prophet Jonah, when they displayed true repentance in sackcloth and fasting. God heard their cry from the palace to the poorest and reversed the judgment. The world stands in judgment because of its constant wickedness. From the beginning when Adam and Eve sinned, God showed to be long-suffering, not willing that men should perish, giving them another chance by covering their nakedness and providing them a Redeemer to save their life from the deserving hell. The Prophet Jeremiah in his writings acknowledged that it is because of God’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not; they are new every morning; great and abundant is God’s faithfulness (Lam. 3:22-23). God’s mercy, loving-kindness, compassion, and faithfulness, give us second chances all through our life on this earth. The Lord will not cast off forever; but though He causes grief, yet will He be moved to compassion according to the multitude of His loving-kindness and tender mercy (Lam. 3:31-32). Men can never live outside of God’s mercy and compassion. Even though men are naturally evil, and God holy, His love extends beyond men’s wickedness. Paul says, while we were yet in weakness, at the fitting time Christ died for the ungodly. Now it is an extraordinary thing for one to give his life even for an upright man, though perhaps for a noble and lovable and generous benefactor someone might even dare to die. But God shows and clearly proves His love for us be the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:6-8).

For a convicted criminal who has been forgiven of his crimes, that person will forever remember his second chance. After living in prison many years, he breathes the air of freedom through someone’s forgiveness, which is in other words, a second chance. God could well have destroyed Adam and Eve at their fall, but no, His love was greater than their transgression; a way where there was no way, was provided for them; the way of redemption, and they still lived to experience the hardship they received as a result of their sin, but also the goodness of God toward them all the days of their lives on earth. Cain, the first murderer, was given a second chance when God spared his life. God taught him lessons in His right judgment, and Cain suffered the consequences of the infamous act he committed of killing his brother Abel. God gave Cain years to repent and be forgiven. If he did, I do not know, but this I know, God was merciful toward him, by not killing him and sending him to hell.

I see in the life of the Prodigal Son, in a parable given by YAHSHUA, an example of God’s merciful and compassionate love. At his repentant heart, the father, who was waiting for him since the time he had left home, never stopped loving his son. And after years of his son living a worldly life, hunger brought him to his senses and with a repentant heart, he returned home. No, he was not lectured, but was embraced by his father, who ordered his bond servants to bring the best robe and put it on him and to give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet; bring out the fattened calf and kill it in celebration of the return of his son, for he was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! What a beautiful second chance his father offered his son! More than he expected. I am sure he was hoping to be forgiven, not celebrated. So, it is with God and men. At the Garden of Eden, our forefathers left God’s way; we followed after them. God’s Son YAHSHUA, came to earth in a form of man to atone for our sins. When we return to him, He receives us with heaven’s celebration, with all angels. The robe of God’s righteousness is given us, a ring – the seal of the Holy Spirit is given us and sandals to walk in His steps is also given us.

We, like the prodigal son, are given a second chance that sparkles God’s love and forgiveness. As a result, we become sons and daughters of God and eternity waits us in a beautiful place, called heaven, because God so loved us that He gave us His only begotten Son to redeem us, giving us a second chance. Do you that my friend? Every day you and I have on this earth, is our second chance. Once we pass from here to there, there will be no more second chance for us to depend on. It is like its door will be closed forever. It will be a frightening thing to meet God through the door of hell. As the Bible says, It is a fearful thing to incur the divine penalties and be cast into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31) having not perceived the time of your second chance. Chance, like opportunity, runs swiftly carrying her hair in front, not to be grabbed for another chance.

Life on earth is most of all, the opportunity to make things right with God before we face eternity. It is not God’s intent to condemn man, but it is men’s rebellious heart that leads Him to do so. For some people, their long life’s span is for the reason for them to turn to God; it is the opportunity God gives them for a second chance. Time, after time, God saves lives as a miracle right before people’s eyes. They so say, but soon they forget all about it and losing their second chance, they disregard God’s love for them. Continuing in this frame of mind, men will be found guilty, without God’s covering of His grace and mercy. God gives a warning that we must take to heart: Prepare to meet your God (Amos 4:12b). After death there will be judgment, and no longer the second chance.

Solomon wrote, I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift not the battle to the strong, neither as bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all (Eccl. 9:12). It is beneficial to all to know their time of their second chance, which is given to all. It is available here on earth only. When we have passed to the other side, it is available no more. The side, I mean, the side that is away from God, His mercy and compassion. Therefore, no more second chance. Many opportunities were given Israel to receive their second chance. However, they failed to recognize it and fell dead in the wilderness, without reaching the Promised Land. It is your second chance now while you breathe and walk this earth. Repent and turn to God, that’s where you will receive your second chance and be saved.

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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