Job 42:1-6 “1 Then Job answered the LORD and said, 2 ‘I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. 3 Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me. 5 I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You; 6 therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes.’”
I have a few friends to which I send greetings by other friends sometimes. My message is usually, “Repent.” I say that to them in jest, because I know they are walking with the Lord. But really it is a message we all need to hear. Right?
Job has finally come to this point. It doesn’t matter what he thinks he has or has not done. The bottom line is in the presence of God we must ALL repent. In view of His holiness we are nothing by filthy rags in need of cleansing.
Teaching our children about repentance can be difficult. But when they experience the Holy God, He will draw them into repentance. Many parents ask me how to know WHEN their child has really made a decision for Christ. I tell them to watch for repentance and remorse when they do something against God. The Spirit of God, which lives in them as a believer, will not let them slide.
When is the last time you got on your knees or on your face in repentance? How long has it been since you confessed those things you THOUGHT you were hiding from Him? He wants to hear from you and cleanse you. But He won’t until you come to Him in humility and bow.