Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the Lord your God. Joel 2:13 HCSB
Do you ever wonder why our intentions are good, yet we seem to constantly struggle with the same sins, and we fail? I would even go as far to say that sometimes, we are okay with our sin until it affects us in one way or another. Our consequences seem to be what drives us to run back to God and profess that we are “going to do all the right things”.
In the Old Testament, men and women tore their robes as a sign of sorrow and mourning. Many men, such as Moses, David and Job tore their robes as a practice of mourning and repentance. When we repent, however, God isn’t just looking for us to start going to church again, or read our bibles more, or metaphorically “tear our robes.” What God wants, and what God requires is a change of heart.
We can’t just decide to change our hearts, that is a work of the Holy Spirit, and we have to allow Him to work within us, and transform and renew our minds. The struggle with sin will be a lifetime one, however if we trust in the one who can transform our hearts, instead solely relying on our deeds, we will see a mighty transformation in our hearts, soul and minds. Drawing us that much closer to Jesus.
God forgive me where I fail you, and do a work within me and examine my heart. Change and convict me in the areas that aren’t pleasing to you. Thank you for dying for me and never giving up on me. In Your Holy name I pray, Amen.
Are you trying to please God with your deeds?
Pray that God would examine your heart and motives this week, bringing to light anything that isn’t pleasing to Him.
Memorize Romans 12:2.