“Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit”. – Ezekiel 18:31
The Old Testament book of Ezekiel tells of Gods judgement on His disobedient people. The Lord called them ‘a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me’ (2:3) and ‘impudent and stubborn children’ (v4). The graphic descriptions of their sin and the violent images of their coming punishment are appalling. Yet in the darkest moments of Gods lament over His people held captive in Babylon, His love shines through in His call for them to walk again on the path of life.
“ ‘Cast away from all the transgression which you have committed and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,’ says the Lord God. ‘Therefore turn and live!’ “ (18:31-32)
God does ask us to feel worse than we already do about our failures or try harder to keep His commands. Instead, He invites us to receive a fresh source of motivation and strength – ‘a new heart and a new spirit’ from Him (36:26-27).
If you’re feeling that you’ve wandered too far away from God and that He is through with you, it’s time to embrace the truth. Will you accept the Fathers invitation to ‘turn and live’ today? – David McCasland.
TO ENJOY THE FUTURE, ACCEPT GODS FORGIVENESS FOR THE PAST
Read: Ezekiel 18:25-32