A God of Second Chances

Steve Petroelje

READ:  Psalm 51:1-17

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (v. 10)

Moses killed an Egyptian, David committed adultery, and Peter denied Christ. Every human being including those whose life stories are included in the Bible has sinned against God. Only Jesus was without sin. I imagine Moses, David, and Peter all felt guilt in the midst of their failures.

What guilt weighs heavy on your heart? What brings feelings of embarrassment and shame? Do you realize that God wants to give you a fresh start? He can forgive your faults and failures. Need evidence? Moses was later used to lead God’s people out of slavery. David confessed his sin (see Psalm 51) and sought to honor God as a king. Peter was restored by Jesus and boldly proclaimed the good news in the early church.

You are not a failure. You are not damaged goods. You are loved by God and he longs to create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. The person you fault in the mirror is a person in whom God sees great potential. He can restore you and give you a fresh start so you can humbly serve him with gratitude and purpose.

The world is filled with people who feel they can’t possibly be forgiven for the sins they’ve committed. Don’t buy that lie of Satan. Our God can restore the joy of salvation and empower us to do mighty things for him!

Glorious God, as you have enabled me to receive a fresh start, help me to encourage others as they start afresh. Amen.