Render YOur Hearts Not Your Garments



Joel 2/12-13‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart,with fasting and weeping and mourning.’Rend your heart and not your garments. Return  to  the  Lord  your God, for  he  is  gracious and compassionate,  slow to anger  and  abounding in love and he relents from  sending calamity.  The meaning  of  ‘rend’  is,tears, wrench, split or divide.

I expect you have experienced the ‘rending of your heart’, in heartbreaking times of grief, deep tragedies,or  un-explained events in your life causing despair or loss of  hope and faith.Isaiah 58/9 advises- Then you will call and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and he will say ‘here am I.’ ….then your light will rise in the darkness and your  night  become  will  become  like  the  noonday

.The  Lord will guide you always:,he  will  satisfy your needs in  a sun  scorched  land. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose  waters never fail. Chapter 59 may sum up your feelings such  as,‘we  look  for  light  but  all  is  darkness; for brightness but we walk in deep shadows.’It  may seem  as  if  justice, truth, honesty and righteousness stand  at a distance. Hold this verse from Chapter 60 close to your heart,

‘The Lord will be your everlasting light and your God will be your glory; and your days of sorrow will end.Our God has promised us, freedom,restoration,   growth   and abounding  love,so  continue  to  praise him,trust him and believe  in his power of love.‘For I,the Lord,love justice.

’Pray the oil of gladness instead of ashes or a spirit of despair. The day will come when you will rejoice again in the Lord’s healing.

2 responses to “Render YOur Hearts Not Your Garments

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