The theme for the devotional thoughts for the month of February is “God is a God of Second Chances.” We have examined the examples of Jonah and the people of Nineveh receiving from God a second chance. Why does God provide people opportunities for second chances? Because the God we serve is kind, understanding, loving, forgiving, and patient. He’s longsuffering with each of us because He doesn’t want any one of us to be lost. His desire is for each of us to experience His goodness and be motivated to want to serve Him and turn from the sinful choices of this life. When we take the time to open our eyes and look around us, like Jonah and the people of Nineveh, we too will see a loving, giving and understanding God.
Today, let us look at the life of the Apostle Peter, sometimes called Simon. He was the most prominent of the twelve apostles of Jesus. With the exception of Paul, the New Testament provides more on this man’s life than any other disciple. Outspoken, impetuous, and in the eyes of some a moral failure are some of the features of the life of Peter. During his time with Jesus he swore his complete loyalty to Jesus.
When Jesus was arrested and put on trials, Peter had several opportunities to acknowledge Him as his Lord. With each opportunity, Peter denied any association with Jesus. Then Peter was heard shouting a stream of profanity to convince others he had no association with Jesus. Peter betrayed a good friend. Have you ever had a dear friend to disappoint you, to betray you, or to let you down? After the incident, how did you respond or interact with the person the next time? Did you vow to never speak to the person again? Hypothetically, what would you have done with Peter?
Peter loved Jesus. Peter was afraid and confused as he warmed himself at the fire. It doesn’t justify his action, but Peter was caught unprepared by this girl. Immediately, after saying with great profanity that he didn’t know Jesus, Peter heard the rooster and remembered the words of Jesus. Then Peter went outside of the courtyard and cried bitterly. He betrayed a friend. Again, what would you have done with Peter?
Jesus gave him a second chance. As a result of Peter receiving a second chance, it is unknown as to the number of people John sees in Revelation 7:9-14 who will enter into heaven because of the work or ministry of Peter. Like Jonah, the people of Nineveh and Peter, God desires to give you a second chance. He’s inviting you to come home. Perhaps, there’s someone who has hurt you or betrayed you; they are deserving of another chance. It’s great that we serve a God who understands and regardless of what mistakes we have made, He’s ready to give us a second chance.