This last weekend jaunt was not my usual weekend frolic in the sun with my Beetle. I drove to a church traveling west on I-20 with the sunrise at my back. A sunrise versus a sunset has more significance to me. It is more than just a beautiful display of colors. It’s a new day, a new beginning given to us, a daily reminder from God, through my faith in Him, it is a chance to reboot and star over. Let me explain.
My last year, like all of yours, has been a rollercoaster of emotions. For me, my life changed so much I stopped going to church. For many that know me I went through a divorce. God convicted me of my part I played in our situation that led to it. That alone had me dealing with emotions I have never felt. To add to the pain, many longtime Christian friends turned on me and were praying for my salvation. The idea of salvation is a core belief to a believer. Once saved, always saved is an integral belief and they know this. SO, that idea too had me reeling, did I lose my salvation? Some would say that’s not a big deal, shrug it off and forget about it all and move on. From my perspective, my life was in a downward spiral, going down a road of guilt, depression and misery from which there was no return. By not staying faithful in my worship I had turned on a side road and abandoning my beliefs. As a believer God commands we need to make a 180 degree turn from our ways that separate us from Him and I was not.
I purposely write this post’s 2nd paragraph with a certain tone. Not to vent or point fingers at anyone close to me. Nor do I blame or have any hostility towards my friends or family members. My intention is to use examples of emotions to paint a picture of the pain we all can experience in life. I wanted to show how bleak it may seem at times in our lives by not reconciling ourselves with Christ.
God is gracious. When He sees us on that road to nowhere, He orchestrates an off ramp to make this 180 turn towards Him. In the Veggietales movie “Jonah” there is a song, Go is a God of Second Chances. Of course it goes with out saying Romans 8:38-39 states this quite simple, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This verse does not mention “a second chance” but it lets you know nothing you can do or will experience can separate us from Him. SO, when we are met with pain, misery or guilt from our actions, He is a God of second chances. I can keep going on like some of these evangelist seminar pastors and give you warm fuzzy feelings, I’m not like that. I will let God’s Word and Veggietales dothe talking.
James 1:22 states, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Utilize our new sunrse as a new beginnng God has given us. Use God’s exit ramp and turn around to a new life.
Excerpt from God is a God of Scond Chances
Praise the Lord, He’s the God of second chances
You’ll be floored how His love, your life enhances
You can be restored from your darkest circumstances
Our God is a God of second chances!
Ain’t it good to know a God who gives a second chance?
Why, that’s enough to get a smile from Mr. Grumpy-Pants
So, if you say you’re sorry for all the stuff you do
We know that He’ll be ready with a second chance for you
OH…there are pictures too.