(#131 from Suffer Well Devotional Series©)
I know that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for a man to direct his steps. Correct me, Yahweh, but only with justice, not in Your anger, lest You reduce me to nothing. (Jeremiah 10:23-24)
How far must I go with you? Was Jeremiah written before you were born? I believe it was 2600 years before. Did not your brother Jeremiah reveal a secret to you? Listen again; “It is not for man to direct his steps.” Did he make that up? Is this the wisdom of man? No! This was a revelation given to him by My Spirit. I tell you the truth, you are not to direct your own steps. It is Mine to lead; it is yours to obey.
Why then the endless and repeated repentance? Let Me ask you: did I send My Son to be crucified by and for you? And, is it My desire that I guide and you follow? If you answered yes to both questions, then I have a final question. Have I not covered and protected your entire existence, from your daily activities to your complete redemption (transformed mind)?
Listen to Me My child. I do desire repentance; it proves to Me that you see your error. Repentance is a healthy indicator that you are following. What I don’t want is continual repentance over an issue you are truly sorry for. When you ask Me to forgive you, think of your Savior, My Son. It is done! Forgiven! As long as you are sincere, it is forgotten. Why then do you hang on to guilt afterwards? Stop it! Move on! Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. (Isaiah 43:18) I am doing a new thing.
Press on My child, press on. I forgave you, and “forgave” is past tense. I have accepted My Son’s sacrifice. Do not belittle such a glorious offer by not believing you are forgiven. Press on to the upward call My child. Press on.