No Second Chance?

Now that’s a scary title.  We’ve spent many years thinking there is always another chance if we make a mistake the first go-round.  Can we live with that reality; are we going to continue believing that our Creator, being who He is, will always be willing to give us another opportunity to get things right?  If you give that some serious thinking you might realize that He has probably given you more than a second chance already, but how many times will you try to claim that reality?  Maybe it is past time to take that item off your list and do some serious talking to your Creator.

For myself, as I look back on my life, I have to admit that even considering the bad times my Creator and Lord has always loved me more than I deserve and has always agreed to give me another chance to get it right.  However, He might just be tired of the continual renegotiation of life’s possibilities so maybe I should get a little more determined to become the person He created me to be.  Deep down isn’t that what I really want, to be who He created me to be? 

Over the many years of my life I think I have finally begun to realize that growth is a slow, but ever-changing process.  It doesn’t always end up where we intend, but in the long run we begin to see that without some failure we cannot fully appreciate our arrival in God’s intended spot.  It simply is not possible to see life’s glory if one has never experienced the natural muddiness of life.  Most of us would probably rather avoid the hurdles, but you would have to agree that the joy of overcoming is worth understanding the bottom of the heap.

So where do we go from here?  You probably have heard the expression “flying like the eagles”.  It gives one the picture of really reaching the pinnacle of life.  It might be a little scary at the time, but isn’t it what we all long for?  Not only will we understand, but we will do so by seeing for ourselves the glory God has planned for all of His children.  The Psalmist declared But I have trusted in Your mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.  I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me (13:5-6).  What a wonderful way to look at life!

At this point you might be saying to yourself – but look at how things ended up.  That was an awfully stiff price!  Yes, you are right; it is and was a huge price, but when you look at the results aren’t you grateful that He cared so much for the Father’s creation.  It does make you want to do your best to show your gratitude and to hear the wonderful words – Well done, good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21). 

In this day and age there seems to be a tendency to experiment or take a chance.  We have convinced ourselves that the Lord will forgive our indiscretions with no consequences, but do you think it is worth the risk?  Wouldn’t it just be easier and without risk to do it His way?  We are told in the book of Matthew – Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (7:12).  Well, you will have to admit that says it well and easily.  Can you imagine how our lives would be if all of mankind were to take this one verse to heart.  It would most definitely take care of all the troubles and problems of this world and we, each and everyone, could go about our days without worries and with the joy that was always intended to be ours.

Time like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten as a dream dies at the opening day.
Our God, our Help in ages past, our hope for years to come;
Be Thou our Guard while troubles last, and our eternal Home.