New International Version
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
King James Bible
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Repentance, correction, just flat being wrong and admitting it. Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? It is…..in the carnal sense. The associations we make with discipline, correction or being told we’re wrong have everything to do with it. Our parents, our bosses, family and friends, co-workers or society have all made us, at times, feel less than, inferior and stupid, of poor quality. No wonder we run from it as fast as we can. That is man’s way but our Heavenly Father’s way is oh so different. In my personal walk with God I have found there is no sweeter place to be than at His feet in total abandoned repentance. It can take days, months and sometimes even years to finally make it to that place of brokenness. After all, the world teaches us brokenness is weakness so it’s not surprising that it takes so long so accept it. That is exactly where God wants us however and from where exactly our real strength comes. When I finally get to that place I have found in the blink of an eye there is forgiveness, restoration, healing and love love love, amazing love. Acts 3:19 tells of repentance and refreshing and that is what happens every time, refreshing. I believe the King James version holds the key, in the Presence of The Lord, there is no sin allowed there, there is no more pain, there is no sweeter place to be. Why have I waited so long Father? When will I learn to run to You first? Lord help me in my blindness, help me in my stubbornness. Prick my heart to come to You the minute I am wrong. I long for Your Presence, help me to seek it day and night.