If there was ONE thing in your life that God would allow you to do over,what would that one thing be? Many times we look in the rear view mirror of our lives and think, “Man, I wish I had that to do over again.” So, what would “that” be? What if I told you that we serve a “Do over” God? What if I told you that our God is a God of Mulligans? He allows us the opportunity to take away the sins committed in times past and to pitch them into the uttermost parts of the sea. Psalm 103 reminds us of our “do over” God.
“The LORD is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. HE HAS REMOVED OUR SINS AS FAR FROM US AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST. The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him.” (vv. 8-13 of Psalm 103 NLT).
To me, this is one of the greatest promises of scripture. We have hope because our God is faithful. All He asks from us is our reverence and our trust. And,while there are certainly things I’d like to have the opportunity to “do over,”choosing the correct God to worship isn’t anything that needs changing! If you’re not serving a “Do over” God, maybe you need to “get over”yourself! When we purposefully beseech Him in prayer, we’re reminding ourselves of the incredible, undeserving love that He continually rains down on us. Even if you can’t do something over, He loves you. Even if what you’ve done has hurt someone, the opportunity still exists for you to ask forgiveness. Maybe the reason why folks struggle so much is that they cannot see God as being a “do over” Deity. Remember, NOTHING can separate us from the love God has for us, NOTHING!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.