Fasting for Repentance

March 29, 2017 ()

Bible Text: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 |


“Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate.” The words of Joel the Prophet get to the heart of repentance. Would that we were able simply to “fast from sin”—and yet our flesh rebels. God’s call through the prophet yet rings true—God is calling us, inviting us, urging us; He turns our feet so that we return to our spiritual home, that place where the mystery of faith is proclaimed: Christ has died; Christ is Risen; Christ will come again. If we take God’s Word seriously, there is an urgency to repentance. A part of that urgency is that because Christ has finished His work, God desires to gather us and set us apart as His own. How might you put words to the longing God has planted in your heart, the longing to be at home in His presence?