“Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it…” 2 Ch. 33:16
Repentance must be followed by restoration of what has been missing in our lives. Our repentance should always be action-oriented and, unless we take action to ratify our wrong doings, our repentance will remain as mere remorse and nothing more. We may feel sorry for what we have done and are awfully disappointed for being who we are, but unless meaningful actions are taken, we will stay the same.
Come to think of it, I seem to have been repenting about the same things over the years, which only indicates that I really have done very little to ratify the wrongdoing that I have done, which made my repentance necessary. I might have felt bad about certain things that I did, yet I actually enjoyed doing them and had no intention of parting from them. Repentance is actually a soothing device which I employ to console myself and smooth out my guilty conscience.
We may feel remorseful when we confess our sin to the Lord, yet the remorse doesn’t always drive us to make some changes either in our thoughts or actions. To a certain extent, our repentance is merely lip service only.
Not so with Manasseh’s repentance, however. His turning to the Lord was action-oriented. “Then he restored the altar of the Lord and sacrificed fellowship offerings and thank offerings on it.” The king’s thoughts and actions were renewed and were being transformed at the same time.
When will our outward transformation catch up with our inner confession and repentance? This is the question we must address; otherwise our faith in God will remain merely a thing outside of ourselves, an empty shell void of any real substance.
Thursday, January 4, 2018 7:29:00 AM