“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:22-23a – ESV)
When I was a child, we use to gather the neighborhood kids and play all sorts of games. The camaraderie, and the competition, was lots of fun – and helped to establish “our place” within the neighborhood. We played sporting games (baseball, football, and the like) and other non-sporting, competitive challenges (like seeing who could throw a ball, or spit, the farthest [tell me you didn’t do that too!]).
In the course of these various “events” – someone would invariably perform poorly, and immediately cry out: “Do over!”
Now, I guess it was common courtesy (or maybe, some sort of friendly neighborhood “code”) but we would usually allow the “do over” guy another chance to prove himself worthy of our admiration.
Second chances are vital to those who fail to meet expectations.
What I find exciting is that God is the God of “do overs.” Because He loves us so much, He desires that we have every opportunity to discover, and know, the fullness of His love.
However, the depth of all our failures (to be the kind of people we wish we could, and should, be) seldom escapes our notice. What is more, we are painfully aware that God knows all our failures. This can bring so much guilt into our hearts. So many times, we can feel so undeserving of His love — so unacceptable in His holy sight. In our most honest moments, we can feel that God really shouldn’t have anything to do with us at all.
But instead of chastising us (or writing us off as hopeless) God offers us tons of “do overs.” He IS the God of (unlimited) second chances.
This is Who God is: His love has no limit – we just can’t ever get to the place where His love runs out on us.
Because of this fact, we are able to have an unquenchable hope for our lives. No matter how much we have messed up in the past. No matter how much other people have messed us up. God is there – offering us new hope and new opportunity, in Him – every day.
None of us are ever beyond the love of God. This new day (and this new year) is a perfect opportunity to fix our minds on this life-changing thought…
Prayer focus: Thank God for His unfailing and unlimited love.