Daniel Garnett, Southern Baptist Chaplain, North American Mission Board

READ Jonah 2:1

The story is told of how Thomas A. Edison was working on a crazy contraption called a “light bulb” and it took a whole team of men 24 straight hours to put just one together. The story goes that when Edison was finished with one light bulb, he gave it to a young boy helper, who nervously carried it up the stairs. Step by step he cautiously watched his hands, obviously frightened of dropping such a priceless piece of work. You’ve probably guessed what happened by now; the poor young fellow dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. 

It took the entire team of men twenty-four more hours to make another bulb. Finally, tired and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his bulb carried up the stairs. He gave it to the same young boy who dropped the first one. That’s true forgiveness.

We can rejoice today because we serve the God of second chances, which we see numerous times throughout the Scriptures. 

Think about Abraham who fled to Egypt and lied about his relationship with his wife, but God forgave Him. He also fulfilled His promise to Abraham in that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. 

What about Moses?  He killed a man and fled into the wilderness for 40 years, but God called upon him to be the one who would deliver His people out of Egyptian slavery.

Or what about David who committed adultery with Bathsheba and eventually had her husband killed in battle?  God forgave Him and said that he was a man “after my own heart” (Acts 13:22).

And then there is Jonah who attempted to run from God, but ended up being thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. God gave him another chance and used him to bring about the repentance of the wicked people of Nineveh.

May you find rest in the fact that there is no sin so great that God can’t forgive! While Satan stands ready to condemn, God stands ready to forgive and to use you in ways you could never ask or imagine.  

Father, we praise You that You are the God of second chances. We praise You that You stand ready to forgive us when we come to You with repentant hearts. May You give us grace to daily walk in the victory that is ours through the Lord Jesus Christ, in whose Name we pray, Amen. 

May you find rest in the fact that there is no sin so great that God can’t forgive! @Real_Momentum App


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