Acts 3:19 (KJV)
“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;”
“So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing(of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;”
As humans we fail often. It is our fallen nature. Sometimes, when we mess up it can totally throw us off course. We can get caught up in our failure, frustrated, and completely come to a standstill in our progress in God. When we are faced with times like these we need to heed the advice of Acts 3:19. It says to repent and convert back to the right way so our sins can be blotted out and God can refresh us! We can’t let our failures keep us down. We need to get back up, repent, correct our course, and move forward. It’s amazing what will result from a repentant heart.
I am reminded of David’s prayer:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalms 51:10
With this type of repentance, God promises to refresh us! (Although this doesn’t mean you’re free from the consequences of sin, as seen in David’s case, but that’s another post.)
As I looked up the definitions of refresh and renew I was amazed!
Definitions of refresh:
- to restore strength and animation to : revive
- to freshen up : renovate
- to restore or maintain by renewing supply : replenish
- to arouse, stimulate <let me refresh your memory>
- to run water over or restore water to
- to update or renew (as an image, a display screen, or the contents of a computer memory) especially by sending a new signal
- Give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate
- Revise or update (skills or knowledge)
- Update the display on (a screen)
- Pour more (drink) for someone or refill (a container) with drink
Definitions of renew:
- Resume (an activity) after an interruption
- Reestablish (a relationship)
- Give fresh life or strength to
- Replace (something that is broken or worn out)
What amazing insight in these definitions!
A few personal favorites are:
- Resume an activity after an interruption
- Give fresh life or strength
- Revive (maybe as in a personal revival)
Falling into the trap of sin can leave us totally shattered and spinning out of control. It can completely interrupt our progress in God. But if we come to God with a repentant heart, and commit to change our ways, He promises to:
- Help get us back on the right track
- Renew our strength
- Reestablish us, restore us, revive us, refresh us
Think about a computer. Have you ever used the refresh button? You normally click on it when the page you’re on isn’t loading properly or has a glitch. You click the refresh button and it reloads or starts the page over.
God does the same with us. When we have a glitch in life and fail, if we come to Him in humility and sincerity of heart and ask for forgiveness with a willingness to correct our course, He gives us a fresh start. He reloads the page of our lives. He helps us recover. I am so thankful I serve such an awesome God who knows my frame and remembers that I am dust!
Psalms 103:14 (KJV) – “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.”
Don’t let the speed bumps of life cause you to crash! Stay the course! And remember, there is a “refresh button” for life after all 😉