Second chances sound easy until you’re the one who has to give them out
Reference: So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the Lord. (1 Chronicles 21:19 NIV)
Explore: King David was by no means perfect. He was anointed by God to lead His people, but that didn’t mean he was flawless. In fact, through David we learn that our God is all about second chances.
Counting people doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it was to God and David knew that. He even had one of his leaders tell him not to count the people, but David went ahead and did it anyway.
Sure, there were consequences, and significant ones at that, but God forgave David and gave him the chance to prove his loyalty.
Application: Second chances sound easy until you’re the one who has to give them out. It means someone has wronged you and you could easily feel justified in holding a grudge.
However, we all live in the blessing of receiving a second chance. We have all done wrong and grieved the Lord, yet He continues to give us another chance to stay in relationship with Him.
There are many people in our world who don’t deserve a second chance (myself included) but that is part of the glory of God. He doesn’t hold grudges or withhold His love. He chooses not to remember our wrong doing and gives us a chance to start over again.
Prayer: Lord, we come to You, humbled by Your unconditional love. It doesn’t matter what we have done, You offer us Your grace and wipe the slate clean. May we use this second chance as an opportunity to show Your love to others who are in need of grace too. Amen.
Who do you need to offer a second chance to?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.