God is a God of Second Chances

Daily Devotional

Jonah 3:1-3  And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

Walking outside of the will of God can bring dire consequences, therefore this should be avoided at all cost. However, If for any reason you fail in that regard, it should be noted that God is a God of second chances. The first time that God spoke to Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn the people, he chose to take a ship to Tarshish instead. As a result of his disobedience, the Captain of the ship was forced to throw him overboard to avoid everyone else losing their lives. Jonah was swallowed by a big fish that God had prepared. While he was in the belly of the fish, he prayed a prayer of deliverance and repentance and the Lord spoke to the fish in Jonah 2:10 and it vomited out Jonah on dry land. Jonah stepped out of God’s will, but God gave Him a second chance. It is not unique to Jonah since God did the same for David when he messed up with Bathsheba. How many times has God given you another chance?

Are you making the most of your second chances? Jonah made the most of his. When the word of the Lord came unto him the second time telling him to go to Nineveh, he never made the same mistake. The scripture said that Jonah arose, that meant that he moved at once: he never hesitated or delayed doing what God told him to do. Not only did Jonah not hesitate, he was also diligent in doing what God said. Jonah 3:4 tells us that he walked for a day throughout Nineveh proclaiming the word of the Lord. Like Jonah, make the most of your second chances by carrying a different attitude into any situation that you may face.

Life Application: Make the most of your second chances by carrying out God’s will swiftly and with the highest level of diligence.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your mercy and for being a God of second chances. May we all use the chances you have given to fulfill your will and please you in all our ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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