October 15, 2020 - Once upon a time, I thought I might like to take up the game of golf. I played a little for a few years, and then realized, golf was not my game. The men I played with (my grandfather and some of his friends) were guys that believed strongly in the Mulligan. Truth be told, none of them was ever going to join the PGA. Now, to those unacquainted with the finer technical points of the game of golf, let’s define what a mulligan is: “You are allowed a second drive, or a do-over on your drive off the first tee if your first drive is not good enough or not to your liking or satisfaction.” That means that “first shot” doesn’t count. You get a “do-over.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could take a mulligan in life? Wouldn’t it be great if God gave us a do-over?
Well, when we get to Isaiah’s prophecy, we find that our God is the “God of the Mulligan.” The faith and hope of God’s people were at a low point during this period. They needed constant assurance that things would turn around. Isaiah repeats these assurances over and over. When you turn to Isaiah 43:18, you find a beautiful statement. “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” When we come to God with a penitent heart, when we obey God’s will, when we begin to live God’s kind of life, God gives us a do-over. A mulligan!
It’s something to think about . . . tbp
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