Teshuvah: Repent and Return

The Hebrew word “teshuvah” means to repent and to return to God. This season we are currently in, the days between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur, are considered the Days of Awe in Judaism. It is a time of introspection and sincere repentance before the heavenly books are closed, sealing our spiritual fate, on Yom Kippur. Unfortunately some are rather flippant with their repentance. They are like an adulterer who isn’t sorry for what he has done; only that he got caught. We cannot be like that! Repentance must be a lifestyle for Messiah’s believers, always humbling ourselves and submitting ourselves to His Lordship. In so doing, we will become more and more like Him!

There will come a time, unknown to us, when it will be too late to seek His mercy. Let us not tarry, but prostrate before Him NOW!  Please consider the following passage from Isaiah:

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You without money, come, buy, and eat!
Yes, come! Buy wine and milk
without money — it’s free!
Why spend money for what isn’t food,
your wages for what doesn’t satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and you will eat well,
you will enjoy the fat of the land.
Open your ears, and come to me;
listen well, and you will live —
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
the grace I assured David.
I have given him as a witness to the peoples,
a leader and lawgiver for the peoples.
You will summon a nation you do not know,
and a nation that doesn’t know you will run to you,
for the sake of Adonai your God,
the Holy One of Isra’el, who will glorify you.”

Seek Adonai while he is available,
call on him while he is still nearby.
Let the wicked person abandon his way
and the evil person his thoughts;
let him return to Adonai,
and he will have mercy on him;
let him return to our God,
for he will freely forgive.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not my ways,” says Adonai.
“As high as the sky is above the earth
are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For just as rain and snow fall from the sky
and do not return there, but water the earth,
causing it to bud and produce,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
so is my word that goes out from my mouth —
it will not return to me unfulfilled;
but it will accomplish what I intend,
and cause to succeed what I sent it to do.”

Yes, you will go out with joy,
you will be led forth in peace.
As you come, the mountains and hills
will burst out into song,
and all the trees in the countryside
will clap their hands.
Cypresses will grow in place of thorns,
myrtles will grow instead of briars.
This will bring fame to Adonai
as an eternal, imperishable sign.
~~ Isaiah 55: 1-13

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