The God of Second Chances
tonight's (a few weeks ago) Bible Study, a particular thought jumped out at me. Though not completely related to what we were studying, my mind sort of went off on this tangent. Also, remember that these are a finite human being's thoughts and not the inspired Word; therefore, they are not infallible.
God is NOT the God of second chances.
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" - Hebrews 11:27
We are given just one life to live and one death - after that, we face the judgment. Those who have not put their absolute faith in the saving work of God's Son, Jesus Christ will face Him at the Great White Throne Judgment to give an account for the sin in their lives before being sentenced to eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire. There is no reincarnation, no chance to repent after death, no way to live life over again. It's simply death, then judgment. After that, it's eternity. Eternal punishment for the unrepentant soul. Harsh, isn't it?
"...who will say unto him, What doest thou" - Job 9:12
It's not harsh. The Creator of the Universe has the right to ask His creation to worship Him. Nobody asks Him, "Hey God, what are You doing?" Nobody can say to Him, "I think I could do this better." But yet people try. "Why won't God let everyone into heaven? Why can't he just make us all good?" Everyone who is in Heaven will truly LOVE God because of His Son's redemptive work on our behalf. They care about worshipping and honoring Him and they HATE the sin that God hates! Unbelievers would not be happy in Heaven. God knows exactly how to run things. He doesn't give a second chance. You get one life - one chance - and then judgement. On the flip side...
God IS the God of second chances.
...nobody gives as many second chances as God.
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times:but, Until seventy times seven" - Matthew 18:21-22
As humans, our capacity for forgiveness varies greatly. Some of us are high-strung folks who find forgiving just once to be difficult. Others are so laid back, they'll let everyone roll over them time and again. Eventually, they'll reach their breaking point. God has an infinite capacity forgiveness. He has true forgiveness. Our lives our filled with so many second chances we don't even notice them. Stepping out the door this morning, I was not hit by a passing dump truck that could have hit and killed me! Think of that! On the way in to work, I passed a few cars and hit none of them; I hit a large puddle and didn't go flying off the road. When I got to work, I wasn't hit in the head by any of the boards sitting on the roof. Even though we had forgotten to tighten the lug nuts at all on my driver's side wheel, the wheel didn't fall off when I sped to a fire call later in the day. Think of all the times unbelieving people could have died but didn't!! Every soul on earth is just one breath away from eternity, yet God protects us from countless things we don't even know about!!! God is a God of second chances and He gives us one every breath we take.
Maybe you've been ignoring all the chances God has given you. Don't ignore this one. For all you know, your next breath will be your last! Please, please take just ten minutes to watch this short video. What are ten minutes in all of eternity? What you decide now will affect you for all eternity! Will you face God someday and hear Him say, "Enter into the joy of your Lord," or "I never knew you. Depart from me"?
~ "Cowboy" Nick