Many people see the arrival of the New Year as an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and have a fresh start. It is a chance to put mistakes in the past and look forward to a future of making better decisions.
The Bible is filled with stories of people who took advantage of a second chance. After an amazing adventure at sea, Jonah decided that he would go and preach in Nineveh after all. David put a disastrous moral failure behind him and asked for God’s forgiveness. Given a second chance, Peter overcame his denial of Jesus and became a dynamic force in the early church. A spectacular encounter with the risen Christ allowed Paul to redirect his horribly misplaced zeal.
God’s amazing grace is so much greater than even our worst sins. No matter how badly you may have failed in 2012, remember that the New Year offers a clean slate. In fact, the Lord gives us a chance every day to begin all over again.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”—Lamentations 3:22-24.
Let’s be thankful for second chances, and renew our commitment to the Lord in 2013.