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Friday, June 2, 2017

The God of Second Chances

June 2

(Jonah 2:10 NIV) "And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land."

(2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV) "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: {19} that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."

This may sound strange and repulsive, but the grace of God in Jonah’s saga is found in the vomit of a great fish. Our God is a God of second chances… even for those who have ignored and disobeyed his clear call. God loves to use disobedient, damaged, stubborn, and broken people for his glory. When God delivers us from the darkness, we probably won’t complain much. Whether our deliverance is from inside the belly of a great fish, from inside of a bottle, or from inside a bad relationship, we will likely be very grateful. Real "second chance people" aren’t usually whiners. They know they are getting better than they deserve, and that they owe God a big debt of gratitude. And when God delivers you, pay attention to where the “great fish” spits you up. That’s probably where God wanted you to be in the first place. Maybe it would be best to just head there right now. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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