Daily D – Joel 2:12-13
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” (NLT)
Where do we turn in times like these? Politics? Universities? Entertainment? Religious institutions? God offers us the chance to turn to him. The Creator of heaven and earth volunteers his mercy, compassion, patience, and unfailing love.
A quick glance at the Artist Formerly Known as Twitter shows major problems with each area named above. The only one without credible accusation is God.
God is good all the time. He will judge everyone but offers mercy before the final gavel falls.
God extends his compassion to every soul who turns to him.
God is slow to get angry.
God is full of unfailing love. It is what motivates and animates all of his behavior.
God is more eager to forgive than to punish.
God, our God, says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts.”
This is the one offer that is truly too good to refuse.
Politics, education, entertainment, and religious institutions will not save the day. God will. Turn to him. Return to him.
I will turn to God first, last, and always.
Our Father, only you are forever trustworthy and true. We need you. We individually need you. We collectively need you. This whole world needs you. Thank you for offering your mercy, compassion, patience, and unfailing love to each one of us. We come to you now. Amen.
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Romans 2:4 Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?
Acts 18:24-26 Meanwhile, a Jew named Apollos, an eloquent speaker who knew the Scriptures well, had arrived in Ephesus from Alexandria in Egypt. He had been taught the way of the Lord, and he taught others about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit and with accuracy. However, he knew only about John’s baptism. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.