Repent or not to repent that is the question?
Keep your eyes on the road and keep your hands on the wheel, was one of the lines in an old 60’s song. How prophetic that song turned out to be in these few words when it comes to the word of God. [Proverbs 4:27] Australia is the latest country to fall into the trap of turning against God’s Word with their same sex marriage vote. When will it ever end? yes when will it ever end? [Matthew 24:14] God is patient God is kind [Romans 2:4] and God is always loving. [Psalm 52:1] We have a free will, so does allowing us to make up our own rules still enable us to walk in to His Kingdom?
Well the short answer is that sin and God cannot be in the same place. As shown by Adam and Eve when they thought they could be in God’s presence and still disobey Him demonstrated this. [Genesis 3:23] He is a Holy God, [Isaiah 5:16] He is all-powerful and is all knowing [Revelation 4:8] and all forgiving if we repent. [1 John 1:9] And there is the key word - repent, just about every major character in the Bible sinned but came to a place of repentance. As King David said: “Against You only Lord have I sinned.” [Psalm 51:4] To repent is very hard to do when we believe we have nothing to repent of. After all we did the sin in the first place believing the action was OK to do but then God tapped us on the shoulder and said repent. [Revelation 2:16]
The day is new every morning as we wake to the birdcall and everything is fine and then we get convicted to what we did yesterday. [Revelation 3:19] There is only one person who has every walked this earth that does not need to repent and that is the Lord Himself. [Hebrews 4:15] We can go through the day blinded by the things around us, as the day gets busier and God gets forgotten. We can end up speaking or acting incorrectly and sometimes we don't even realise we have done something that requires repentance, but the Lord does. [1 John 3:20]
Of course we don't have to run around repenting at every little move but we do have to listen for the voice of the Lord, which is everything. But when the Lord speaks we should listen and then act on what He says. [Psalm 29:4] We rejoice when the April showers come to water the ground but rejoicing when the Lord showers us with His Holy Spirit seems to miss us. The Spirit of the Lord directs, teaches and convicts. [John 14:26] The Lord directs our paths, teaches us the Word and about life and tells us when we have fallen short of the glory of the Lord. [Romans 3:23]
When the jailhouse rocked and the doors flew open to allow Paul to walk free. The jailer knew the fate that awaited him for letting prisoners escape. So as he was about to take matters into his own hands, [Acts 16:25-27] Paul said “Stop!” The action of Paul giving up the chance to run spoke much to the jailer, so much so it brought repentance. What must I do to be saved? Confess to Yeshua, meaning repent and be baptised and you and your family will be saved. [16:30-31]
One day we will all walk that lonesome valley and the difference in what direction we take is because of the decisions we take before we start that final journey. Repentance is one of the first actions we as believers should learn, but sadly it is one of the last. Why is it so hard to learn to kneel before our Lord and say, I'm sorry now and forgive me Lord? Why is it so difficult to go to someone and swallow our pride and say sorry? [Psalm 86:5] After all we can see clearly the person standing in front of us and yet the first thing we do is say sorry to a God we cannot see. God no doubt is pleased and there is rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents so if they have a party in heaven over repentance [Luke 15:7] why don't we on earth. Scripture says - on earth as in heaven – [Matthew 6:10] so if we are going to dance around the throne in heaven why can't we rejoice on earth?
Jesus said: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand”. [Mark 1:15] If this is the case surely we should be looking at the bigger picture because it is going to be a hard days night if we stand in front of the Lord unrepentant. Look what happened to King David when it took the Prophet Nathan to tell him he had sinned. [] King David, the man who would not touch King Saul because he knew to do so was wrong, and yet it took the Lord to point out the murder of Uriah was a sin. [Psalm 51:1] before he repented.
Most people know when we have done wrong, we know the difference between right and wrong but do we care is the question? Abortion the death of the innocent [Proverbs 6:17] Politicians, community leaders and even church leaders know this is wrong, but they allow it any way. People who rob know they have done wrong and there is a punishment to come, why else would they hide? Yes these may be the extreme but we know wrong from right. And we know when we need to repent, so why don’t we?
Jesus said we can determined the signs of the times when we look at the sky but what about when we see what is happening in the world around us? [Luke 12:56] But it is the things of the Word of God being fulfilled before our very eyes that are warning us of what we need to take note of: Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. [Matthew 4:17] Repentance and forgiveness come easy once tried. At first I felt uneasy with this new way of living but each time we do, it becomes easier. When we do repent there is a peace, a peace that can only come through the love of the Lord. We have to put our hand in the hand of the one and only man to walk this earth that can lead us to the Father. For this reason we need to stand before our Lord with clean hands and a pure heart. [Psalm 24:4]
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. 2 Corinthians 7:13-15