by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord….” (Acts 3:19, NIV)
I love today’s verse! The crux of it is repentance. That might sound like a churchy Bible term, but it has a deep, deep meaning. Repentance literally means, “to turn away from.”
We were made to worship, which is a prime reason we tend to obsess over people, places, and things. We try to fill the voids we experience in life with things other than God, and end up in trouble. Can you relate? I sure can.
Today’s verse encapsulates an impromptu sermon given by Peter. He was compelling people to turn away from the things that clouded their vision (and faithful understanding of Jesus). It wasn’t a wayward turning away from, however; it was about turning to God. Turning to God results in the wiping away of sin, and the refreshing hope of new life thanks to Jesus.
When times are anxious or tough, what do you turn to? May I echo Peter’s teaching to turn away from all that other stuff and turn to God? He wants to wipe away the grime of daily living, and refresh you with the living love of Jesus.
Dear Lord, let it be.
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I turn to people, places, and things other than you. I want to feel the refreshing love of Jesus in my life, and thank you for your abundant willingness to share. I pray this in the Christ’s holy name. Amen.