With God, however, it is rarely ever too late.

But there’s also this, it’s not too late—  God’s personal Message!—
“Come back to me and really mean it!  Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!” Change your life, not just your clothes.  Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.  He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, this most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe. Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now,  maybe he’ll turn around and show pity. Maybe, when all’s said and done, there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God! Joel 2:12-13 (The Message)

God gets some bad press, the God of the Bible is the soft target to blame for many wrongs. If we take a closer look, however, we see that much wrong is the result of our inhumanity, greed, and violence. The God who is kind and merciful never calls us to act in these ways. In fact, he hates it, and the judgement of our sins is directed at such godless ways. God wants us to come back to his ways, practice the values and meaning for life that he makes plain is the better way for all his creation. Until we do that, until we change our ways, the judgement of God remains a certainty. That we may see a different way with God depends fully on whether or not we will do so. What it takes is to whole heartedly, and without reserving the right to do it our way any longer, seek his ways.  The writer of the letter to the Hebrews put it this way, ‘It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.’ Hebrews 11:6 (The Message)

Kind and merciful God, today I look to change my ways so that the judgement that you hold back may change. If I can do it then anyone can do it so help me today to live the right way whole heartedly and without reserve. Amen.

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