Here again, we see that God has always made it possible to come back to him. When John the Baptist was out in the wilderness baptising his generation and preaching that their baptism should, “show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven”(Luke 3:3) it was not a new idea. This passage is remarkable because the Lord not only promises that when the people repent in the future, he will have mercy on them and bring them back home. But that having done so, he will make them even more prosperous and numerous than their ancestors before them. It is a truly marvellous promise. First and foremost, forgiveness from sin and prevention of judgement, require a genuine repentance. But the Lord even promises to cause the necessary change of heart! So at every stage of his people’s rehabilitation, they will not be alone or abandoned to their fate. The Lord their God will always be with them.
Deuteronomy 30:1-6 NLT
“In the future, when you experience all these blessings and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the Lord your God has exiled you, take to heart all these instructions. If at that time you and your children return to the Lord your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you. Even though you are banished to the ends of the earth, the Lord your God will gather you from there and bring you back again. The Lord your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors! “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!
Jesus’s whole ministry was an enormous illustration of this message. What I find most astonishing is that which is written in Deuteronomy 30:6 – “The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!” This was my own experience, I am convinced the Lord changed my heart. Now I find that my basic understanding of the word of God has changed into a new love, filling my whole heart and I feel as if I have a whole new life ahead of me. My goal is to surrender to this new life with all my heart and soul.
Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20, Luke 11:37-12:7, Psalms 78:1-31, Proverbs 12:19-20