Meditation for 06/19/2019
“At the king’s command, couriers went throughout Israel and Judah with letters from the king and from his officials, which read: ‘People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that he may return to you who are left, who have escaped from the hand of the kings of Assyria.’” (2nd Chronicles30:6)
History calls God’s people to repentance and faith. The history of unfaithfulness and judgment experienced by ancestors should lead us to faithfulness and trust in God’s Grace. Repentance is a proper human response to God’s salvation. Those who repent turn or return to the Lord.
They have a change of mind and heart toward God and sin. This call to repentance by godly King Hezekiah came after the conquest of Samaria by the Assyrians.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Abba, Hezekiah sent couriers or messengers seeking to tell the Israelites that they needed to come to repent of their ways and once again seek You in their lives. Like all of us today, God never turns His back on us, it is through sinful living that separates us from God. Only returning to Him with penitent hearts and minds, that we find forgiveness and our faith is restored. Abba, You always wait patiently on us to turn back to You. We love You for Your patience and belief in us. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You lose respect, when you stop giving it.”
“Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their fathers. They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the Lord their God.” (Nehemiah9:2-3)
Beloved, this is an example of repentance by the Israelites in the days of Ezra. Genuine repentance manifest itself in reading and hearing the Word of God, confession of sin, and worship. Repentance is not just saying, “I’m sorry,” and then running off. It is a matter of coming before God’s throne with truly penitent hearts, desiring to confess sins, with a desire not to commit them again. Time’s may have changed, but God has not.
Salvation, Repentance: (Revelation 2:16, 21, 22; 3:19-21)
Repent, therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Nevertheless, I have this against you: “’You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne. Just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
The churches in Pergamum and Thyatira were called to repent. Neither churches nor Christians are exempt from repentance of sinful living. Jezebel was a notorious queen in Israel, who led the nation into the immoral practices of Baal worship. The Christians in Thyatira had a similar problem with a woman in the congregation who led God’s people to sin. Religious offices does not protect from sin. The ascended Christ disciplines His church, calls to repentance and renewed fellowship, and invites the faithful to Him in ruling God’s kingdom. Those who accept Christ will open their lives to Him and will invite to be their honored guest. The exalted Christ stands outside the door of hearts closed to Him and gently knocks, asking for entrance.
Second Thought of the Day:
“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:7, 10)
Are you getting the idea that the concept of repentance is much more serious than you ever thought it was? I remember growing up where a really loud horn went off every hour during the work day. The reason, it was a sign that we are to pause what we were doing and thank God for our blessings and to offer up to Him our confession; thus, seeking His forgiveness and restoration of our relationship with Him. You could hear that horn all over town, but not sure it is even in use anymore.
God cares for individuals, beloved. Repentance is His goal for every single person. He will not be satisfied unless every person repents of their sins, nor should He!