God of a Second Chance Part 2
He is the God of a second chance. Aren't you glad that He is?
"In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea." (Is. 11:11, ESV)
In this verse God was speaking a promise to His people of Israel. He was call them back from running away from His presence and protection. He 'extends His hand a second time,' because He is a God of a second chance. He never gives up on us, no matter how far we try to run away from His presence!
Every time God calls us to something new, He wants us to discover who we are, who He is, and what's possible if we trust Him. He has created us for His pleasure and purposes and He never stops speaking to us. In the midst of our crazy schedules, our endless activities, and our pursuits of happiness lies a still small voice that is constantly beckoning us to a new life. He is calling us to a life filled with His power. A surrendered life that's full of peace and yet anticipation for what He wants to do next.
In this verse, God spoke to a man named Jonah:
“GOD’S Word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: 'Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.'” (Jonah 1:1–2 MESSAGE)
God wanted the Assyrians to discover His Presence, His Name, and the Favor that comes when we are blessed by Him! He wanted to use Jonah to do this. But here's the secret to this call that Jonah missed:
When God reveals what He wants us to do, He is not counting on our capacity to do it.
1. He calls us to do things that require His capacity and power to do it.
2. He is waiting for you to move towards that word so He can BLESS you and the people He wants you to love.
“But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the LORD.” (Jonah 1:3) ESV)
3. No matter where we run to, God is already there!
“Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute — you’re already there waiting!” (Psalms 139:7–10, MSG)
What has the Lord been calling you to do? What keeps you from carrying out those things? Isn't the reward of serving God and seeing Him move far greater than the risks?
I would love to hear from you. After you listen to the podcast. Email me so I can pray for you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God has great things for you.
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Published on February 6, 2020.