Aug 28, 2020
A Second Chance
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Jonah was a prophet, a man of God, who was told by God to go to Nineveh and preach. This is a very common children's story, and I'm sure we have all heard of it. The fact of the matter is that in this story, God gave not only Jonah, who disobeyed Him, a second chance, but He also gave Nineveh a second chance. God is longsuffering, merciful, and gracious to not only His children, but to the entire world. We all have a sinful nature that fights against doing right and what God wants. God knows this, and because He loves us, He forgives and gives second chances. Now, this doesn't mean that we should knowingly sin against Him just because we know that we can ask for His forgiveness. However, when we mess up in our life, God is there to forgive us when we ask Him with a repentant heart. Jonah, after three days in the whale's belly, recognized his error, repented, and God gave Him another chance. God remembers our frame is dust (Psalm 103:14) and is waiting to forgive us when we call out to him for repentance (1 John 1:9).
And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days journey.