Psalm 120:3-4 (NLT)
O deceptive tongue, what will God do to you?
How will he increase your punishment?
You will be pierced with sharp arrows
and burned with glowing coals.
“Any hurt is worth it that puts us on the path of peace, setting us free for the pursuit, in Christ, of eternal life. It is the action that follows the realization that history is not a blind alley, guilt not an abyss. It is the discovery that there is always a way that leads out of distress—a way that begins in repentance, or turning to God…The judgment of God invoked against the people of Meshech and Kedar was, in fact, a sharply worded invitation to repentance, asking them to join in the journey… Repentance is the catalytic agent for the change.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction]
Have you ever experienced a time when you thought something was out of reach but it worked out in the end? Maybe you missed a plane or failed a class. How did it get resolved?
What other scriptures come to mind that reveal God’s open invitation for those who are far away to return to him? Did that invitation ever expire?
Repentance leads to life. And this avenue of repentance is always available… even to those who may live like God’s enemies. Let’s open our hearts to God’s loving redirection no matter where we are in life right now. Let’s worship to “I Turn to Christ” (click here) by Matt Redman.