Daily Devotion Wednesday July 5, 2017
“Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord; let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven. We have transgressed and rebelled…”
Lamentations 3:40-42 NKJV
The birds were singing their morning praises to God, the light of the sun was striking through the sky, the night was fast fading but it wasn’t getting brighter for Eberuku. Laying on his sick bed, Eberuku was due for his last breath when he demanded for a priest through his nursing attendant. Being in a missionary hospital with a chaplaincy department, in less than half a dozen of minutes, the chaplain arrived before Eberuku took his last breath. “I have sinned. I have sinned greatly. Pray that God forgives me” pleads Eberuku with his fainting voice to the priest. Before long, Eberuku passed on. Whether Eberuku has the assurance for eternal life in paradise like the dying thief whom Christ assured “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43) or not is only known to God.
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However, before death comes to us, we have all the possible opportunities to search and examine our ways such that we have our relationship with God put right. Like the Judeans whom Jeremiah had called to repentance, Eberuku had always heard the word of God while he was in perfect health. The Jews didn’t repent of their ways, they continued in their wickedness even after Jeremiah’s constant warning until the wrath of the Lord fell on Jerusalem through the sword of Nebuchadnezzar. Many fell to the sword, others fled to Egypt, while others were taken captives to Babylon leaving Jerusalem in ashes. To the remnants, Jeremiah lamented;
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Let us lift our heart and our hands to God in heaven and say: We have sinned and rebelled…” (Lam. 3:40-42).
Do not wait until it is too late for you to search and examine your ways before the LORD. Honestly search your heart, and lift you heart and hands to the LORD in repentance saying: “I have sinned and rebelled against you.” Remember that, “The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty (Psalm 14:18 ESV). When we honestly seek for his mercy and fogginess upon searching our hearts for sin, he will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:8-10). But when our hearts remain stubborn and stony, the Lord will not relent from bringing calamity on us one day.
“Man is born with his face turned away from God. When he truly repents, he is turned right round toward God; he leaves his old life.” There is no better day to search and examine your heart than to do it every day. As much as a human support may be necessary, we have “one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” (I Tim. 2:5), so wherever you are, you have a full access through Christ to seek God’s forgiveness. Searching and examining our hearts must be an all-day exercise for all believers, we must daily confess our sins to God. Amen! Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is a graduate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.