Rosh Hashanah | Reflection and Repentance
The shofar announced the day of the LORD, a time of judgment. Joel wrote a frightening description of the consequences that would result, for the wickedness of the people was great.
Though just, God is compassionate and longs for His people to repent.
But then the Lord said, “Yet even now, turn to me with all your heart, And with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning. Tear your heart, and not your garments, And turn to the LORD, your God; For he is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness, And relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:12-13).
Today, wickedness also rules over our land. Evil and injustice abounds. The word of the Lord to us is:
“Turn to Me with your whole heart – the place where your spirit dwells. Allow yourself to lament for the evil that is happening; grieve over your sins and the sins of your ancestors. Tear your heart, not your garment.”
Israel had become professional at fasting and weeping; they engaged in external physical acts not grounded in truth or love.
Is not the Church doing the same today? Repentance is easy when focused on Self, making a great noise, and avoiding responsibility. But God is not interested in the sound and fury of emotional drama.
His call is, “Come”. Take responsibility for your own sin and lack of love.
Rosh Hashanah is the time to meet Him in your spirit. Just you and the Lord. No audience to applaud or say how great you are for repenting. It is only in the secret place, your heart is broken with grief and you agree with the Holy Spirit about your sin. It is in His presence you lament.
Transformation begins at the foot of the Cross as your spirit meets with the Holy Spirit. Come before Him in spirit and in truth. There, true repentance takes place. There you will experience cleansing and reconciliation. There, you are changed and you worship the LORD, not yourself.