I am so thankful for second chances. Life is a journey filled with ups and downs. Sometimes our lives are going great and other times we fail. We are reminded of our human state how imperfect we are. But through our moment’s imperfection, we are humbled with the realization of God’s grace and mercy as He forgives us and gives us a second chance.
Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning: great is Your faithfulness.Lamentations 3:22-23
King David and the Apostle Peter were great men of God, yet imperfect like you and me, had to hit rock bottom before the scales came off their eye, and they saw clearly.
Adultery And Murder
David is known as the man after God’s heart, sought after God, and walked in faith bravely trusting God even when the odds were stacked against him. Yet his area of vulnerability was women. He initiated an adulterous affair and caused the death of her husband.
Death of their first child.
At rock bottom, David repents and asks for forgiveness. This is key. Sometimes we are so wrapped up in concealing our sin, we fail to ask God for forgiveness and stop letting that area of sin control our lives.
When I was young, I had an affair with a married man, I was an alcoholic and was addicted to cocaine.
I tried to overdose on cocaine. I felt like I was living in hell and thought I would be better off dead, surely no one would even notice I was gone.
God gave me a second chance, I year later I was married and had a daughter. To the man that saved my life from that overdose. I have consequences for what I have done, I was admitted to the state hospital a couple of times. I was severely depressed. My husband has had an affair on me. I attribute to me having an affair. It was at that time I had empathy for the man’s wife I had an affair with.
Bathsheba and David go on to have children.
God wants us to move forward with our lives. He wants to bless us but, we have to turn to Him and repent.
It took me twenty-five years to repent and ask forgiveness. Twenty-five years repent and ask forgiveness. For those years I lived in hell. I finally hit rock bottom and repented and asked God for his forgiveness.
Jonah was a great prophet of God, he was told to go to Nineveh, but he had no desire to share a message of hope and repentance to such an evil nation. So Jonah decided to take a ship in the complete opposite direction toward Tarshish. How often do we take matters into our own hands and try and escape God’s plan for our lives?
Jonah got swallowed by a giant fish and stewed there for three days. God had plans for this message to be delivered by Jonah and he was either going to obey the hard way or the easy way. He chose the hard way.
At rock bottom, nearing and fearing death, Jonah repents and promises to be obedient.
God forgave like he always does. Jonah was able to continue his journey to Ninevah. They listened to Jonahs message and repented Nievah was spared from destruction and Jonah was spared death in the giant fish.
Peter known as the Rock, follow God with his life, only to face her and doubt when Jesus was crucified cowardly denying Jesus three times, even to a little girl, Jesus warned him that this trial would come, and when the rooster crowed three times, it was a reminder to Peter of what he did.
It may not appear as severe as other consequences. Peter wept bitterly. Peter was a broken man, probably ashamed of this conduct. He walked with Jesus and still had so little faith. When He did not see Jesus even for a short while, his faith started to dwindle.
Did Peter’s journey end with his fears and doubt? No, God continued to work on his heart and grow his faith. Ultimately using Peter as one of the main vessels to spread Christianity to Rome.
These men fell and got back up again. They repented and leaned on God for strength and obedience. If you fall, get up. Stop whatever negative road you are heading down and start fresh with God. Don’t ever think you are useless because you have fallen. We all have. God wants to bring victory in your life, but you have to make the conscious choice and decision to follow God.
For the righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of calamity.Proverbs 24:16
God knows the plans he has for you. Plans to prosper you and not harm you plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29-11)