God of Second Chances
go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will
see Him there just as He told you.’ ”—Mark 16:7
Does God give second chances to those who have failed Him? He certainly did
so for Peter. Peter had proudly announced that he was Jesus' most reliable
26:33). Yet Peter not only fled with the other disciples in the moment of
crisis, but also blatantly denied he even knew Jesus (Matt.
26:69–75). Peter failed so miserably that he went out into the night and
wept bitterly (Luke
How compassionate the risen Christ was to Peter! The angel gave the women at
the tomb special instructions to let Peter know that He was risen. Jesus took
Peter aside to allow him the opportunity to reaffirm his love and commitment (John 21:15–17).
The risen Lord also chose Peter as His primary spokesman on the day of
Pentecost, when three thousand people were added to the church.
God's desire is to take you from where you are and bring you to where He
wants you to be. When He found His defeated followers hiding together in an
upper room, Jesus' first word was "peace” (John 20:19).
Jesus' first words to you after you fail may also be "peace.” Jesus will find
you in despair and bring you peace. Then, He will reorient you to Himself so
that you can believe Him and follow Him. Don't give up if you have failed your
Lord. Remember what happened to Peter. God has not yet finished developing you
as a disciple.—Experiencing God Day by Day