Lent III

You turned back so what did you turn to?
After turning back from sin the call is to turn  to God and to walk in obedience. Turning from something will often require turning to something. Its a quid pro quo relationship sort of thing. You are giving up something to gain something.

In this instance I would wager we gain so much more by turning to God. Joel 2:13 and rend your hearts and not your garments.”Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.
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After assuming a posture of repentance we are then called to return to God. The verse above reminds us that God is merciful and slow to anger. Doesn't this cause you relief? Imagine if God reacted the way we do when we are angered by someone or something. We curse them out, remove them from our lives and take the righteous road. Instead we find an abundance of love, grace and mercy where God would be entitled to be angry and even frustrated with us. I would like to think that in turning to God we are winning! Yesterday I was thinking that it seemed odd that scripture tells us to turn back from sin. Turning back means we came from somewhere doesn't it? We are God's people and so the call is to turn back to our father. To return to him.

Returning to God has it's rewards. The book of Chronicles says that if God's people should turn from their wicked ways and purpose to seek him, he will in turn heal their land. Pause and internalize that. Whatever in your life that needs restoration, healing, or whatever it is you have been diligently praying for, God promises to provide it. The only caveat is that we have to turn from our sinful selves and walk in obedience.

Friends we have repented and we have returned to God. What next? We have to be intentional with our lives going forward. What this means is that we can't be in a cycle of doing the same things over and over and then going back for forgiveness. This implies that we lack integrity in our repentance. Can you imagine having a friend doing something hurtful to you over and over and thinking it was alright because they apologized. It just wouldn't fly. The same applies with our relationship with God.

We have to stop going back to our old selves and try to be better at life. We have to be better than average. It is not easy but it is doable otherwise God would not require it. Perhaps our obedience is the result of our walk with God. It goes against human nature to always want to do the right thing. Remember how Paul says in Romans 7:15 and in frustration I would imagine, that that which he wills to do he doesn't do. Instead he does what he hates doing. Sinning is easier than walking in obedience.

However the act of returning to God sets the stage for an obedient heart. The spirit of God is here as our helper so lets ask for help friends. Let's walk in the light. Be blessed.

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