The religious community will grab a phrase or passage of Scripture, turn it into a popular fad and run with it until it has been exhausted only to grab another. For example, do you remember these:
- WWJD – everyone was asking What Would Jesus Do. It was designed to make people behave as Jesus would if under the same situation.
The prayer of Jabez. This prayer found in 1 Chronicles 4:10 was touted as an incentive to promote more prayers and foster better prayer lives in the lives of Christians. “Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10 NASB http://bible.com/100/1ch.4.10.nasb
- Jeremiah 11:28 – for I known the plans I have for you…
- “Flesh out” is a popular phrase of some preacher, teachers as they encourage the spiritual teaching to be ‘fleshed out’ in the lives of their hearers.
- And there’s more but let’s end the list with the focus of this blog. It is the teaching that God is a God of the (a) Second Chance.
To put it bluntly, God is not God of a Second Chance. GOD IS GOD OF ANOTHER CHANCE. Now you can accuse me of playing a game of semantics and that’s fine. I want to point out two very significant truths regarding God being God of a ‘second’ or even ‘another’ chance.
- I have found in my walk with the Lord that I don’t need a second chance. I need another and another and another. I blunder and I fail. I sin. I fall short of the glory of God. I walk in the flesh when I’m to walk in the Spirit. I need forgiveness. I need restoration. I need another chance. None of this takes God by surprise. He’s already told me if I confess my sins, He will forgive me and cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I am to strive to be more Christ-like in my daily life. It isn’t automatic to be that way once a person is born again into the family of God. When a person is saved by the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ they are to be discipled in their obedience to God’s will. Jesus shed his blood for me to be saved. I want to shed my will, my life and live for Him to be glorified. Praise Jesus He is God of Another Chance.
A word of caution. Not all believe this and they seek to explain away the teaching as something other than its clear meaning. I am referring to the once popular phrase derived from scripture which said you can ‘sin away your day of grace.’ Isaiah 59:1-2. I encourage more reading from this section but these are the focal verses. “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.” Isaiah 59:1-2 NASB http://bible.com/100/isa.59.1-2.nasb. The warning is a word of caution not to keep purring off the ‘grace call’ of God so long as to have His call to stop and you therefore forever doomed. You would have committed the damnable sentence of ‘sinning away your day of grace.’ Also understanding I think this call is that of salvation. It is the particular and specific call for you to trust Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord.
Let me offer a few more scripture verses for you to ponder.
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”” Acts 4:12 NASB http://bible.com/100/act.4.12.nasb
“for He says, ” AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is ” THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is ” THE DAY OF SALVATION “-” 2 Corinthians 6:2 NASB http://bible.com/100/2co.6.2.nasb
God is God of Another Chance. Don’t play on His Grace but answer the call when He gives it.
Until next time,