What a lovely reading we have for today! Today's reading left me with a very strong message. I will try to convey that message in this short devotional.
The NIV version translates verse 19 to say, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord," The Message translates verse 19 as, "Now it's time to change your ways! Turn to face God so He can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you," Verse 19 made a large impression on me. Many of us want the benefits and prestige of being identified as Christians without admitting our own sins and changing our lives so we do not repeat those sins. A key to God's forgiveness is confessing our sins and living a changed life. To be a proper Christian one has to walk the talk. It is easy for any of us to declare that we are Christians, but we are called to do more. We are called to change the way we live our lives.
Many of us do not want to give up a particular sin. We may rationalize that it is not hurting anyone or that it is not that important compared to all the world's issues. We also may realize that it will be painful to stop. However, I submit, this pain will be short lived as God will refresh us with a better way. If we repent of this sin and ask God to use us to further His will, He will present an opportunity to us that will do exactly that. An opportunity that we can only do if we give up this sin. So what is the one sin that you should cease and turn to God for guidance? I know mine, and I hope that little voice in your head is pointing out yours.
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,