In these uncertain times, there are three certainties in the affairs of humanity: The need for repentance, the Lordship of Christ, and the hope that He gives.
1. The Need for Repentance
Now You’ve Done It! Repent!
I expect that you have heard that before. Perhaps it was from a friend or a sibling when you were young and broke something while fooling around. Maybe it was when you let your attention wander and ended up in a fender-bender. Maybe it was something so serious that you regretted it for the rest of your life. “Look what you’ve done!”
I would also not be surprised to hear the response. Something like “It wasn’t my fault!” or “She made me do it!” or “If it hadn’t been for what ____ did, this never would have happened.”
But sometimes people accept their responsibility. “Look what I have done!” they say. “Now I’ve done it.” “Lord have mercy on me.” This is a repentant spirit and it leads back to the Lord and to His mercy. Repentance has two parts. It is sorrow that we have sinned and turning back in faith to the Lord’s mercy.
In His word, God tells us that all people are in constant need of repentance, because all people often trespass against His word and will. Repentance is “turning back” to Him, to receive His mercy and forgiveness. It is a blessed thing. Repentance is not just for Christians, for God is the Lord of all, and all people need His salvation.
Did you know that the trouble in this world is to lead the people of today to repentance? In 2 Chronicles, the Lord told Solomon that the new Temple he built was a place where people may return in repentance, “If I … send pestilence on my people, and my people, who bear my name, humble themselves, pray and seek my face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. My eyes will now be open and my ears attentive to prayer from this place.” (2 Chronicles 7:13–15, CSB)
This principle remains. Jesus tells us that when we look on natural calamity or tragedy, we aren’t to ask if “they” are to blame. “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well.”” (Luke 13:5, CSB) Our world has been wicked in its indifference to God’s word, its worship of “nature,” its murder of the unborn, its destruction of the family and so on. Rest assured this scourge of the Covid-19 is a call to repentance.
In Revelation 9 there is the prophecy that in the last days of this world terrible calamities will fall upon humanity, but there will be no repentance. What can we do to lead people to repentance? Speak of the hope that we have so that people will know that if we repent, we can return to the mercy of God.