“Isaiah 55:6 – Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him;
And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Repentance is more than just verbally confessing Jesus as your Lord or in military terms doing an “about face”, or in ballet a “pirouette”. It begins with an openness to change, having a teachable heart open to correction. The Hebrew word for “thought” means: counsel, intention, plot, purpose, scheme. The Hebrew word for “way” means: road, course of life, mode of action, manner, method. God says His purposes & plans are different from ours; His manners & methods as well. To Repent involves an openness to be corrected and a willingness to change our thoughts: our purposes & plans, and our ways: our manners & methods.
Every year in Formula 1 racing the different car manufacturers strive to correct their faults & imperfections, learn and improve vying for the Constructor’s trophy. Teams that are not open to correction and change simply fall behind. The Holy Spirit changes those whose hearts remain “teachable” willing to change from glory to glory into the image of our Lord. While some of us remain to be the immature baby Christians we were when we started our journey decades ago. St Peter says “Repent that times of refreshing may come.” The Season of Lent is the time for us to return to the LORD and seek His face, to know His thoughts and to know His ways. Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the God’s plan that will succeed in the end.