Meditate on 1 Samuel 2:12-36 & chapter 3
Have you ever taken a relationship for granted? They say, children are a gift from God but did you know, so are relationships. As children of God he sends us relationships, friendships and things as gifts. I recently heard someone say, I hate my house. I’ve been praying for my a home for 10 years. I wish I had what this person hates! But the truth of the matter is that we have all fallen into the trap of presuming that what we have will always be there and therefore underestimate the value of something or someone in our life.
I know a girl who married a wonderful godly man but she completely took him for granted. She never appreciated the gift the Lord gave her. The gift of marriage! They are now on the verge of a divorce trying to make it work. If only I had a penny for every time I’ve heard single women say, “I pray God sends me a godly man”. Here this young lady has one and is totally underestimating God’s gift. This unwise woman is unraveling her home. My flesh judges, this woman does not deserve a second chance because she’s ungrateful and slowly messing up what God gave her.
I’m so glad God doesn’t judge as harshly as us humans do. Have you messed up a good thing in the past? Have you dated a really good godly person and instead of cherishing them you immaturely rejected them? Maybe it wasn’t a relationship but a friendship or a job you never held with the esteem it deserved and just made a mess of it all. Instead of being a wise woman and build up you foolishly destroyed it with your hands. I’ve personally done this and the enemy loves reminding me of it. Like a soundtrack he adds the phrase, ” you messed up, now God will never bless you in that area ever again because you don’t deserve it”. Well I’m here to tell you, that is a lie from the pit of hell.
Our God is a God of second chances. The prophet Eli was a great prophet but an awful father. His two sons Hophni and Phinehas were vile and just downright wicked men. From a human standpoint you would never recommend Eli as a parent, even less for adoption to raise a child and yet God gave him a second chance to be a father. He entrusted Samuel to his care. What???? Yes! That is our God! Did Eli deserve it? Absolutely not but God loved him and knew he could do better. If you meditated on the scripture above you read that Eli did do better the second time around.
Be honest with the Lord and acknowledge your mistake. Repent for not being a good steward of his gifts. God loves you and wants to bless you. Take what you learned from the past and build upon it. Honor God by taking care of your second chance and make it flourish!
Heavenly Father, thank you for being a God of second chances. Thank you for being a Father who gives good gifts without limit. Forgive me for taking your gifts for granted. I know now that what I did was wrong. Thank you for giving me eyes to see. I freely except your gifts knowing that this time around you will help me build up and cherish your gifts. Thank you for loving me and seeing the best in me. Amen.