“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way, and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them, and he did it not.” Jonah 3:10.
The story about Jonah and Nineveh is the perfect example of what a second chance looks like. First Jonah tried to run away from going to Nineveh. But his disobedience caused a lot of discomfort and fear for the people on the ship that he was travelling on. So, Jonah later confessed to them that he was the cause of the storm and told them to throw him overboard. But the moment they threw him in the water God showed him mercy and sent a whale to rescue him from the rough sea (Jonah 1:17). Jonah got his second chance right there in the belly of the whale (Jonah 2:1-2).
When God called him the second time to go into Nineveh he gladly took the three days journey and began to cry out to the people of Nineveh and told them exactly what God told him to say, that in forty days their city will be overthrown (Jonah 3:4). The moment the people heard what Jonah had to say the scripture said they believed (Jonah 3:5). Not only did the people believe but the king believed and humbled himself before the Lord, by taking off his royal garments, and wrapped himself in sackcloth and sat in ashes and proclaimed a national fast throughout the city (Johan 3:6-7). He called for everyone to repent and he told them to cry out mightily to God (Jonah 3:8-9). God heard the cries of the people and their king and stayed his hand from destroying that city.
God is a God of second chances. But there are two important things we must do when we have sinned against God. First, we must acknowledge like Jonah and the people of Nineveh that we have sinned and fallen short. Then we must repent of that sin and asked God to forgive us. Acknowledgment and repentance are the keys to open the door of second chances.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to acknowledge my transgressions and repent of my sins before you always in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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