Remember the story of Jonah? God told him to go preach in Ninevah. Jonah refused and ran in the other direction. He got thrown out of a boat and swallowed by a big fish who later spit him out on the beach.
What did God say next? “That’s it for you, Jonah. You can just stay on the beach and feel guilty from now on.” Not even close. Instead, the Bible says…
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time. (Jonah 3:1)
God didn’t take Jonah out of service. He sent him back to Ninevah, saying, in effect, “Now go back to doing what I called you to do.” If you’ve lost some major battles in life, you may be tempted to think that God is finished with you. It’s not true. The problem is not that God gives up on his people. The problem is that his people give up on themselves.
Many believers, after getting knocked down by sin, decide to never get up. “What’s the use? Why bother? I’ll just stay down here from now on.” I want to remind that you won’t be let off quite that easy. God calls you to repentance, to confront your sin and deal with it. But that’s just the first step. Let us not forget our God is a God of restoration and forgiveness.
“Please pardon the iniquity of this people, according to the greatness of your steadfast love, just as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt until now.” Then the Lord said, “I have pardoned, according to your word. But truly, as I live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord,” Numbers 14:19-21
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
After you’ve gotten back on your feet, He most often sends you back into the battle. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you down, keep you ineffective for Christ. Get back in the battle and serve Him will all you have to offer.