The sons of Issachar [were] men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do.
—1 Chronicles 12:32
Another way to let go of your regrets is by paying attention to seasonal changes in your life.
In the Old Testament, the sons of Issachar learned how to understand their circumstances. They sensed an unrest among the people and realized this might be the time for David to expand his kingdom. They were aware of what was happening around them and able to discern the times.
In the same way, we as Christians need to be able to discern the circumstances that may be signaling that our intermission is over and our second act is about to begin. What are some changes that may signal you are ready to begin your second act?
First, look for a change in your attitude. Have you quit blaming other people for your first-act failure? Have you fessed up to your mess-up? Have you received God’s forgiveness? Has your attitude changed?
Second, look for a change in your emotions. Do you still feel emotionally and physically drained from your failure? Or are you starting to feel refreshed and looking forward to the future?
Finally, look for changes in your circumstances. Maybe you get a job offer out of nowhere. Or you are invited to dinner with somebody you are interested in. Or your children are leaving home and you’re getting ready to enter a new era of your life.
God can even signal your change through negative circumstances. In the Old Testament, Jacob assumed he would spend the rest of his life tending sheep for his Uncle Laban, far removed from the land of Israel. But God had a second act for Jacob that included sending him back to the Promised Land, where he could reconcile with his brother Esau and renew his commitment to God.
How did God get Jacob to move when he was comfortable where he was? Genesis 31:2 says, “Jacob saw the attitude of Laban, and behold, it was not friendly toward him as formerly.” Jacob’s uncle had a change in attitude. And Jacob realized that God was using this negative change in attitude to move him back to his home so he could experience a second act.
Pay attention to negative circumstances. Realize that God could actually be using negative attitudes and actions to move you where He wants you to be so you can enjoy a great second act.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Begin Your Second Act Now!” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2016.
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