It has been said that God is the god of second chances. He is also the god of third, fourth, fifth… chances. If it is in His plan for our life, He will keep sending messangers, whispers, nudges, and so on. God is a god of many things, but giving up is not one of them.
The first time God spoke to Jonah, he bolted and ran away. After several events that proved God was still right there, Jonah is called a second time. This time he goes to Nineveh to proclaim God’s message. This second chance is a second chance for both Jonah and Nineveh. God did not give up – He persisted so that His plan would come to fruition – both for His servant and for the city.
How often are we like Jonah – ignoring or questioning or running from God’s call? We can be pretty good at all three forms of avoidance. Sometimes we think we are too busy. Sometimes we think our time would be better spent over there. Sometimes we question if that person or cause is worthy of our time and effort. The root of each is that we think we know better than God. But, thankfully, He does not give up.
Our god of second chances keeps coming around, keeps working to mold us into who He wants us to be. Like Jonah, I am glad that God keeps plugging away, because His ways are always better than my ways. Thank you God!
Scripture reference: Jonah 3: 1-5