For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.
Just sitting here thinking about a day that recently transpired. I’m feeling it was not the best day that I’ve ever had. I’m just being transparent. These kinds of days happen.
God’s Word is full of hope, mercy, grace, love, guidance, and a dose of chastisement when we need it. As I sit and meditate on that day, I feel that gentle, yet truthful chastening. Hearing from the Lord always encourages me, but it also teaches me. It’s all about God’s ways.
Listen to what God’s Word says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way, and the unrighteous man His thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:6-9)
God makes us a grace filled offer of pardon, peace, and happiness. I am a sinner saved by grace and my life is a work in process. When I experience days like I did, I pray. I want to shake it off and put it behind me and not think about it. And all that’s good, but I find greater healing when I pray and speak about the moments when I was less than what God wanted me to be. Each moment is a time where God’s mercy and grace is applied like a healing balm. I choose to seek God to be reconciled to Him. I choose to seek God to repent and to acquire His favor.
When I was a little boy, I would find time to get into trouble. And when trouble occurred, I would try to find ways to run from it. Run from mom is more precise. I would run and hide hoping this act would kind of keep my trouble a secret. Now, as a man of God, when I’ve turned from the Lord, I find myself running to Him and not away. Amazing how things have changed. God is near and can be found so it is not in vain to call upon Him or to seek Him in times of trouble.
What does it mean to repent? There are two things involved in repentance. One is to turn from sin; to forsake it. Second, is to return to the Lord; to return to Him as our God. To return to the Lord as our fountain of life and living waters. If we do, God will have mercy. He will not deal with us as our sins have deserved, but rather He will be moved with compassion. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:9) AND “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
As much as I hate having days when I’ve walked outside of God’s ways, I love so much more running back to Him in repentance and forgiveness. “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:20-24)
Lord, thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You that I can run back to You and by the blood of Jesus I am forgiven. I mess up Lord, but You never turn me away. I repent Lord and desire again to walk in Your ways. I surrender to You, Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!