12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (Joel 2:12-13 NIV)
Repentance is more than being sorry. It is choosing to change. It’s choosing to turn around to see God standing in front of you. He has always been there. Waiting. Patiently.
The minute I turned around, the very second I said save me Jesus, he was there. Arms wide open. It was, is, the most incredible thing ever to happen to me!
So what are you waiting for?
4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (Romans 10:4 NIV)
Before Jesus, righteousness came by following the law. But following the law is pretty much impossible and shows us why we need a Savior.
When Jesus came on the scene, he fulfilled the law so that when I believed it was true, he became my righteousness. I no longer needed to make my own righteousness. Praise be to God! I believe!
Like Paul, I would do anything for the people I know and love to know Jesus the way I know him, to be free from trying to work their way in to heaven, to find the rest and peace I’ve found in Jesus Christ.
3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)
I hike alone. But I don’t really hike alone. I may not be with people, but I am definitely not alone. Because I hike with Jesus, my Lord and Savior.
Of course when I hike with friends, there is a measure of peace. Safety in numbers. But that is not where perfect peace originates. Perfect peace comes when I keep my eyes, my whole mind fixed on Jesus.
So hiking alone does not cause me great fear. I may get nervous anticipating the hike, but once my feet hit the trail, I know the Lord is with me and he gives me courage and strength for the journey.
Shalom shalom. Perfect peace.