So, for instance, if you were attempting to shoot a basketball and the shot went wide, you might immediately call “Do-over!” in an attempt to nullify the previous mistake and rectify the failure by repeating the action, hopefully with a better result!
I have often reflected on that little scenario and its relevance for everyday life. Of course, not all of life’s mistakes can be rectified through a simple do-over. Would that they could! But sadly, we live in a world where not everyone will allow opportunities for doing things over again with better results.
On this, the first day of 2018, I have some good news for you. The God of the Bible does not operate by the accepted rules of this world. His Word shows us time and again that He graciously allows us to start over - in every area of life!
So, my friend, if you, like me, have suffered from your fair share of failures in life, then be encouraged! Our great God definitely allows “Do-overs”! And what better time to turn to Him for grace and mercy and forgiveness and a fresh start than the dawning of a new year?!
The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah (in chapter 43, verses 18 and 19) was led to share the following words from the Lord:
18“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland!”
With such an awesome promise from a loving Heavenly Father, why not trust Him for a wonderful “Do-over!” this very day?!
SCRIPTURE SOURCE: http://biblehub.com/niv/isaiah/43.htm.