In golf it’s called a mulligan. In life it’s called a do-over. The idea is simple. We have messed up, we’ve paid a price, and we want a second chance.

There was an old prophet named Joel. He preached in the days of a great locust infestation in Israel. The people had turned from their God and paid a huge price. Their crops were gone, their livelihood was in doubt, and they were facing a national crisis. That is when God stepped in.

These are the words of Joel. “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten – the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm – my great army that I sent among you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you. Never again will my people be shamed” (Joel 2:25-26).

God is the God of a second chance. Just when his children had lost all hope, he showed up in a big way.

Gordon MacDonald wrote, “If our yesterdays are in a state of good repair, they provide strength for today. If not repaired, they create havoc.”

What about your yesterdays? Have the locusts destroyed your crops? If so, you are in a good place today. God is about to show up, and when he does, “you will have plenty to eat, until you are full.”

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