There comes a time in our life when we may feel stuck and hopeless. We keep running into the same issues and we don’t know how to move forward. How can we turn our life around?
In the deepest and darkest times of our lives we often lack a sense of direction and purpose. Everything we try seems to fail. Why does it feel like we are being punished and where is God in all of this?
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.Revelation 3:19 (NIV)
These were God’s very meaningful words to the Church in Laodicea that apply to us as well. Like a loving Father he sternly warns us to change our ways and to no longer be “lukewarm”. If we truly want to live a meaningful and fulfilling life we have to stop chasing our own worldly goals and recognize God has a purpose for us. He continues by saying:
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.Revelation 3:20 (NIV)
Perhaps it is time for us to stop knocking on doors and instead hear God knocking on our own door. How can we hear God? By turning our ear to him and becoming in tune with him. By drowning out noise and letting go of sinful behavior that pulls us away from God’s quiet voice. By baptism and accepting Jesus Christ as our savior and redeemer. By studying God’s word. By prayer. And by repentance.
We do not have to figure everything out ourselves. In fact, the less we try to figure things out and the more we let God lead us the better off we will be. If we want this change to happen we have to let parts of ourselves go. We have to acknowledge that we have sinned and made mistakes. The good news is Jesus give his life for our sins. This does not mean we can keep on sinning without consequences. But if we take responsibility for our mistakes and repent we can be renewed. To do that sometimes we have to let go of emotions and habits we have been holding on to like pride, bitterness, and laziness.
Solomon described repentance as a means to gain wisdom in the book of Proverbs:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.Proverbs 1:23 (NIV)
If you are reading this, it is not too late to repent and turn your life around. Accept Jesus Christ into your life, start reading God’s living word The Bible daily and pray often. Repent and let God guide you. Don’t be disheartened if you cannot hear his voice clearly right away. Instead know that he has a plan and a unique purpose for your life that will start manifesting itself when you turn to Him.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plansProverbs 16:3 (NIV)