From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
Good morning! Today is going to be a great day. God is real and His love for us is beyond our ability to fully comprehend and/or understand. For the month of February, the theme for the devotional thoughts is God is a God of Second Chances. Perhaps, every one of us has at sometime in this life wished that we could start over, do something again, or receive a second chance.
Back in 1935, Mayor LaGuardia of New York showed up at a night court in one of the poorest wards of the city. The judge of this district had a reputation for being cruel and unsympathetic in his sentences. If you went before him you knew you were going to get the maximum sentence the law allowed. On this particular occasion, Mayor LaGuardia dismissed this judge for the evening and took over the bench himself. One case involved an elderly lady who was caught stealing bread to feed her grandchildren. Mayor LaGuardia said to the lady after she pleaded guilty to the crime, “I have to punish you; ten dollars or ten days in jail.” It was obvious she couldn’t pay. So the judge, out of his own pocket, paid the fine for her. He then fined everyone in the courtroom 50 cents for living in a city where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. The hat was passed around, and the woman left the courtroom with her fine paid and an additional $47.50 in her purse. The mayor, out of the goodness of his heart, helped this lady who could not help herself. He gave her an opportunity to start over – a second chance.
America is a nation in some ways, a nation of second chances. There are organizations or agencies dedicated to giving a second chance. The names of few such organizations or agencies are: Second Chance Pets, Second Chance Horse Ranch, and Second Chance Orphanage for Cabbage Patch doll adoptions.
Like the woman mentioned earlier or a dog, horse, or even a Cabbage Patch doll, we all at times in life are in need of a second chance. It’s great knowing, it’s extremely comforting and peaceful knowing that we serve a God who is a God of second chances. Starting Monday and for the remainder of this month, we will look at various examples in the Old and New Testaments of God giving individuals second chances. Hopefully, this focus will give us a deeper appreciation of the God we serve and a passion within us to want to take advantage of the opportunities or second chances given to us.
Concerning God, let’s remember the words of Peter, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9). Our God is a God of second chances. Remember God on Sunday by attending church services.