Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: “The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard. Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.”
The LORD’s Call to Repentance
What do you do when your child runs out into a busy street? Do you ignore it? Of course not! When you see your child run into that busy street, you call her back because you love her.
Our heavenly Father loves us perfectly. When we sin against him, he calls us back because he knows that sin is always harmful to us. At first, sin may seem fun, just like playing in a busy street might seem fun at first. But as long as we play in the street of sin, we are in danger of losing our life–our eternal life. So, loving Father that he is, God calls us to repentance.
God has always done this for his people. In Old Testament times he sent prophets like Jeremiah to call his people to repentance. Jeremiah told the people of his day, “Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.” However, instead of heeding God’s warning, the people wanted to put Jeremiah to death.
What will you do when God sends his messenger to warn you about your sin? He may use a friend, a family member, or a pastor. Will you attack the messenger rather than listening to the message? Will you say something like, “Who are you to tell me what to do? You’re not so perfect yourself!”
We pray that God forgive us for the times we have not listened to his messengers when they have warned us about our sin. We pray for God to help us turn from our sin when he calls us to repentance. And we pray that God grant us the confidence to know that when we turn back to him, he is waiting with open arms and a forgiving heart.
Lord Jesus, your death on the cross has paid for my sin. May this truth give me confidence to turn from my sin, knowing that you are there to welcome me with open arms. Amen.
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Source: WELS Devotions