Memory verse for this week:
“’Yet even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.’” Joel 2:12,13a
The people of Joel’s day, not unlike our day, had a tendency to repent only to a certain level or degree. That shortfall is illustrated by the people tearing their garments. This fell short of God’s standard and desire for their hearts. Joel’s plea was for the people to be broken inwardly. Richard Patterson commented, “Important as outward conformity to worship form might be, the heart condition is still more important to God.” Instead of ripping their clothes, God wants them to rip their hearts. In the same way, God desires truth and repentance from deep within our hearts instead of a mere show of polity by looking like we are right with God. While the outward appearance can satisfy man, only a broken and contrite heart can satisfy God.
Prayer points for today:
- Bring your heart before God and give Him full access to its secrets.
- Pray for each other.