When We Are Contrite
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 15:15-18
Key Verse: Jeremiah 15:19
Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.”
Jeremiah 15 is a sad chapter in the Bible. This chapter describes God’s feelings toward Israel at that time. The people of Israel had so rebelled and turned their backs on God that God was ready to be done with them. In verse one we see that Moses and Samuel could have come back to life, pleading for Israel and God would not change His mind. The backsliding Israel was tottering on destruction!
Then in our printed verse for today we see a glimmer of hope. The Lord speaks to Jeremiah and tells him one way that will open God’s heart to Israel again. It can be wrapped up in one word: repent. Yes, Jeremiah and the people needed to turn from their wicked ways. This is the bottom line definition of repentance! God was through with lip service, the people must truly turn to God and away from the foreign gods they were worshipping! If they would, God promised restoration and a place to serve Him again.
This story of God’s people should be a warning to us. God still wants repentance; that is a turning from sin to a new life in Him! The New Testament did not change the desires of God. He is still delighted with the repentant, those with a contrite heart! He still restores those that truly turn to Him and walk away from sinful behaviors. What we do enjoy, as New Testament believers, is the inner power of the Holy Spirit to help us and empower us to accomplish victory over all our sins!
Father, I repent of all my sins and with your help I will walk this day in freedom and victory over the enemy of my soul. I declare this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.