We’ve heard, correctly, that God is the God of a second chance. But what if you blow your second chance? Can you count on God to give you a third chance or a fourth chance or a fifth chance? Or will He just say, “Forget it; you’re obviously not with the program, so fend for yourself”? Will He just say, “I forgave you before and look what good that did”?
Actually, it depends on your heart. There is such a thing as presumption, which says, “I’ll sin now and get forgiven later!” There’s no blessing attached to such willful disobedience. You cannot count on God to keep bailing you out if you refuse to take Him or His Word seriously. You never want to be in a place where you say, “I know what the Bible says, but I’m going to do the opposite because that’s what I want to do!”
However, if you truly mean business with God and choose to repent (turn) rather than just feel remorse about your sin, God will take you back as many times as you blow it and then return to Him sincerely. It doesn’t matter if you’ve put God on the shelf over and over again for the last 20 years; if you’re serious now, God will give you another chance.
Ask yourself this: Is God a hypocrite – someone who tells you do to something he doesn’t do Himself? If someone sins against you, how many chances are you supposed to give him? Not just two, not just three, but 490 in a single day! Would God do any less for you? Does God command you to do something He wouldn’t do Himself? Of course not – God is not a hypocrite.
As long as you’re breathing, you can always turn back to God. You can always get another chance. Ignore the people who think you’ve “sinned away the day of grace” and come back to your Father’s house – you’ll be welcomed.
The day of grace will still be here until Jesus returns. We’re living in the day that the Lord has made. Most people think that “This is the day that the Lord has made” means that God created this beautiful time period between sunrise and sunset. While it’s true that God did create this “day”, that is not what that Scripture passage means. It is talking about the day of grace, not a narrow time slot. Read it in context:
“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:22-24
The day you live in is the day of grace that Jesus purchased for us!
(While we’re at it, an equally misinterpreted verse says that from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised. This would appear to mean that God should be praised all day, but not before sunrise or after sunset. Actually, it is a Hebrew idiom meaning that God should be praised from the east to the west – everywhere.)
You are living in the day of grace, and as long as you return to the Lord sincerely, there will always be grace for you regardless of how many times you’ve blown it in the past. God is the God of the nth chance, where n is any positive integer!