Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
Several years ago I worked with a man whose wedding ring was engraved with the word mulligan because he and his wife had remarried after divorcing many years before. Not being a golfer, I was unfamiliar with the term.
According to Wikipedia, “a mulligan is a second chance to perform an action, usually after the first chance went wrong through bad luck or a blunder. Its best-known meaning is in golf whereby a player is informally allowed to replay a stroke (though this is against the formal rules of golf). The term has also been applied to other sports and games, and to other fields generally. The origin of the term is unclear.”
In April of this year, twenty-one year old Jordan Spieth took first place in the U.S. Masters tournament, one of four major championships in professional golf. The young Mr. Spieth set several records on his way to winning the tournament. You can be sure that nowhere during the event was he allowed a mulligan.
Fortunately for us, God is a God of second chances, a God who regularly provides His people with a mulligan, a “do over,” if you will. For example, Rahab was a prostitute, yet is part of our Lord’s lineage. Or consider Paul who persecuted Christians, yet became a great missionary. Then there was the prophet Elijah who fled in fear and asked God to let him die. But God sent an angel to refresh Elijah before telling him to anoint Hazael king over Aram.
Do you sometimes wish there was a rewind button in your life? Have you recently said or done something you instantly regretted? Or perhaps you are arguing with God about a task he would have you do. It’s not too late for a mulligan. Your second chance may be less dramatic than that of these Bible characters, but it is no less miraculous. And it’s available. You just have to ask.