SOWING REPENTANCE – REAPING MERCY
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. Genesis 29:21-13
On Maundy Thursday, I pray that I am writing to others who cherish the sacrifice Jesus was required to make so long ago. Are you mentally, and emotionally, walking the path He took from arrest to crucifixion? If so, the next 4 days will be filled with intense feeling. It always provides time to reflect on what would be my punishment and condemnation if Jesus hadn’t heard my cries of repentance and extended mercy.
What can any person expect who doesn’t see his sin, repent, and ask God for pardon? I can’t help but think of that as I see Jacob reap what he sowed. Jacob took advantage of his father’s blindness to deceive him. Laban took advantage of the cover of night to deceive Jacob. God instituted a sowing and reaping world and however I break God’s law against others, I will bear the consequences of another breaking God’s law against me.
What is missing from the story of Jacob is repentance. He didn’t own his sin of deceit against his father and brother. He didn’t confess it to his mother. He fled home to spare his life from the wrath of a spurned brother. History was repeated.
It’s easy to say, “I’m sorry.” Harder yet to really mean it. And harder still to comprehend what it took for Jesus to forgive sin and take it away from me so it no longer defines my life. While there are some consequences of sin I will have to endure gracefully throughout my life, God removes a vast amount of others. His mercy, once applied to my life, saves me from the ravages of past sins.
From what sin are you running? Fleeing without repenting guarantees you nothing but the assurance that you will reap consequences wherever you land. David exclaimed, “Where can I go from your presence?” That is a comfort for the repentant and a curse for the arrogant who believes he can outrun God’s spiritual laws.
No matter how many Good Fridays I celebrate, I will never understand the depths of your mercy. Amen
Journal Question: Think of the ways you describe your worst mistakes. “I can’t believe I did that! I’m so stupid.” Many think this is repentance. Is it possible that you have not asked God to help your heart feel what He feels about the offense you committed? Mercy follows true repentance.