Many people walk around today thinking their future isn’t so bright. Choices they have made, circumstances they have faced, advantages that haven’t come their way, abilities they haven’t developed. Maybe you and I have made many mistakes and faced unfortunate circumstances, and it seems as if things are going nowhere. We make the mistake of comparing ourselves to others whose lives seem to be going along better than ours–at least financially. I talk to a lot of people in financial crisis that think God is punishing them at worst, or at least that He has just forgotten them.
By now everyone has heard of the homeless man Ted Williams of Columbus, Ohio, and the fame and opportunity that is coming his way. I hope that he is able to achieve many great things, and I believe he will, with the help of friends and God to help him fight the addictions that plague him. Do all of us have that kind of latent talent, or will we get our 15 minutes of cyber-fame to accelerate our success?
The unique thing we must never forget is that God loves everyone intensely, and He has a good future in store for us…
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” (Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV, ©2010).
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they (A)may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 NASB)
I think the important thing to remember here is that the audiences to whom these words were originally spoken didn’t have life easy at all.
The answer to the question “Does God provide second chances?” is a resounding yes. God through His grace and love for us provides countless second chances. The interesting thing is that the mistakes we have learned from and the experiences of a lifetime will prepare us for perhaps greater possibilities to achieve more than we could have if we had not been through all the things we had to endure.
Through difficulty we have a choice to be bitter and disappointed or to faithfully believe His promises. Difficulty teaches us to depend upon and listen to God more, to get our satisfaction from Him, to experience His being more and our being less, to help others, to rely on the counsel of others, and to follow where He leads us.