What should our response be when we realize that we are in sin? The prophet Joel writes here, “Don’t tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts.” Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you. One of Satan’s biggest lies is to convince us not to repent, that God is just waiting for His chance to judge us, but as we see here, nothing could be further from the truth.
Just look at verse 14, “Who knows if He will turn and relent, give a reprieve, and leave a blessing behind Him.” You see we don’t have to come to the Lord with fear of judgment, but we come to Him with repentance because He is “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” Forgiveness is in His hands and He will leave a blessing, rather than a curse, that provides for us more opportunities to honor our God. Yes, turning to the Lord will open up more worship and fellowship with Him.
So, don’t wait, run to the Lord now!
Pastor Doug Hardin