Welcome Home – 40 Day Fast Devotion #11
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…”
The seasons of life sometimes leave us feeling tired, wounded or indifferent. Difficult situations and challenges take their toll on our being, don’t they? We are resilient people, we can handle a lot of “stuff”, but there are times (and your friends would be able to tell you when they see it) that you’ve got a “heavy heart”.
There was a heaviness around Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. All that expectation around the Messiah, all the people wondering if it was Jesus, all the disappointment that followed when he was crucified and put to death. There was a growing number of disciples that we’re testifying to his resurrection, but if you didn’t see it, you wouldn’t have believed it. Pentecost came, and the upper-room believers were filled by the spirit and speaking the word of God boldly. And now, people were being healed and set free – the old order was passing away as the new era of the Spirit was coming.
As the crowd gathered around Peter and John on account of the forty year old crippled man who could now walk, they heard Peter again testify to the grace and mercy of God and the death-beating powers of Jesus. Peter declares that while it was the plan of God for Jesus to die for us, it was not done without human complicity.
But of course, then comes the Good News: Repent, turn to God, your sins will be wiped away and you will be refreshed in His presence. Boy, that certainly sounds like good news to me. Do you need to do this today? Are you feeling tired and worn out? Perhaps it’s time to turn to God today – really, turn your whole heart towards him, so that he may take the heaviness that you experience and quiet you with his love, and rejoice over you with singing.
Living in a place of repentance, continually turning to Him, will put you in the best place to be able to minister that same thing to the people around you. As we turn to God, many others will turn to Him as well.