August Reading: The Book of Jonah
August Memory Verse: Psalm 84:1-2
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"Then the Word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: Go to the great city of Ninevah and proclaim to it the message I give you." Jonah 3:1-2
I love that the Lord is the God of second chances. And third. And fourth. And fifth....
Despite Jonah's escapades to flee from the mission, God still gave him another chance.
Since we started the book of Jonah August the first, I have read the passages over and over. It's a short book, so I just keep re-reading it and praying for God to show me something new.
He never fails to teach me something each time I read it. Go figure.
"His Word is living and active..." Hebrews 4:12
As I was reading chapter 3, again, I find God's never ending Grace. Again.
Jonah had screwed up. Big time. He had put himself in danger, and the sailors on the boat in danger because of his disobedience to God.
Yet, God gave him another chance.
I don't know about you, but I need to hear this today. I need to know that God never gives up on me. Ever.
"Love keeps no record of wrongs" 1 Corinthians 13:5
My record of wrongs is a mile long. Let me rephrase, it is many, many, many miles long.
However, God keeps no record of those wrongs.
He patiently waits for me. He waits for my heart to turn back to Him.
When it finally does, He gives me yet another chance.
Each day is a brand new. Each day offers me another chance at His mission and His will for my life.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
I can run away from Him and be miserable, like Jonah, or I can surrender and live in His mercy and grace.
I think I will choose the latter, how about you?
Are you afraid it's too late to turn back to the Lord?
Oh how we awaits your return to Him. Oh how He desires you to fall full in His arms of Grace.
You will never run out of chances with Him.
speaking from experience,