a fresh start

Ezekiel 18:32 "I don't want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live."

Ezekiel has been sent with a message from God to wayward Israel. God's only agenda for His people is blessing and life. And yet it seems no matter how much encouragement and incentive He gives them to make good choices they have a propensity to fall back into rebellion and immorality.

As a mother, I can relate. I feel that no matter how hard I try to steer this ship, this home, in one direction it is constantly fighting to go the other way. I'm going right, everyone else is going left.

So what does God do in this situation?

He draws a line in the sand, so to speak. He says, "from this moment on, choose life. Turn from your sins! Don't let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you and get for yourselves a new heart & a new spirit" (Ez. 18:30-31)

In the same way, I need to offer my kids a fresh start and a new beginning. But also I need to accept that same grace. God is telling me "the past is passed." Starting now, put on a trusting heart and a contrite spirit. Accept mercy, and grace, and give it just as generously.

Dear Lord, Help me to walk in these truths today. Give me your strength to be faithful. I need You. Amen. :)