At some point (at many points), we all fall short. We all misstep. We all make foolish and sometimes defiant choices. Some of those poor choices land us in a world of trouble. Fortunately, God is merciful. He gives us new mercies each day.

Israel Houghton sang, “you have given me a second chance”

There is nothing we can do that God can’t forgive. (1 John 1:9) That doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences. Remember, CONSEQUENCES DON’T ALWAYS MEAN DESTRUCTION. Many times, the Israelites went off track and turned from God. Each account in the Bible shows God chastening them, warning them of consequences and carrying out what He promised. What’s beautiful is that each warning of punishment included a message of hope and mercy. Each punishment was temporary and there was opportunity to start over.

Don’t believe me? Here are some amazing stories of mess ups and do-overs laced in God’s mercy:
• David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11,12:1-24)
• Jonah and the big fish (Jonah 1,2)
• Throughout the book of Jeremiah (you have read the whole think to make sure you don’t miss it)

We can’t forget about Peter. The same one who denied Jesus three times repented and later spewed out a dissertation that has been credited for winning 3000 souls . (Luke 22:54-62, Acts 2:14-41)

I have a friend who was often asked to sing the sermonic selection at church. Many times, she started singing and would stop if she wasn’t pleased with the way she started. she wasn’t afraid to say “I’m sorry, can I start over?”. The congregation would smile and nod. We were never disappointed with the do-over.

Do you need a do-over? Well, today is the first day of the rest of your life. Don’t be afraid to pray to God for forgiveness. He’s waiting to hear from you, and even has directions to get you back on track. That map being the Word of God.

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