God is here today to say that he takes no pleasure in anyone receiving the wages of sin. God would prefer that you respond to his call to turn from your ways and live the abundant life he offers. Would you consider turning away from sin and toward God?
10 “Son of man, say to the Israelites, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?’
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
I met a young man once who was convinced that he was too bad for God to forgive him. His life was in a mess as he had become enslaved to drugs, alcohol, stealing, and homelessness. He viewed his life as cursed and beyond repair. God, he said, couldn’t turn a life like his around. I think there are a great many people who feel that way today, even thought they are not involved in everything my friend was involved in.
Sometimes we view our current circumstances as permanent and beyond the influence of even God to fix. We might also believe that the grace of God is not sufficient to cover our sins. Yes, God will forgive the petty sins of others, yet my sins are so big and so great and so impactful that there is no way back. The wages of sin is death (Romans 5:8) and that’s all there is left more me…
God is here today to say that he takes no pleasure in anyone receiving the wages of sin. God would prefer that you respond to his call to turn from your ways and live.
This word ‘turn’ is the idea of repentance. Repentance means the turning from our sin and toward the God who loves us. And repentance is open to every single person from every single sin. God’s grace is sufficient in the death and resurrection of Jesus to take care of all your sin and mine.
If we will come near to God, he will come near to us.
Start by listing your sins in your mind. Then agree with God that these are things which are leading you away from God. Ask for God’s forgiveness and accept that Jesus died on the cross to pay for these sins. Receive the new life and new ways that God has for you in Jesus. You can do this right now right where you are and be free from your sin today.