Elul begins a season of repentance in preparation for the Holy Days of the Fall Feasts. Thirty days of Elul and the first 10 days of Tishri, a full 40 days, are dedicated to considering our ways and repenting before God. Don’t be turned off by the word repentance! The Hebrew word for repentance is “teshuvah,” which simply means to turn and face the One who can bear your burden. This same word is used in Joel chapter 2:
“Yet even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil. Joel 2:12-13
God has amazingly good plans for each and every believer, but not all believe that and pursue Him to find out what that destiny is. Think of it as a time for spiritual housecleaning…we want to get rid of the things that hinder our relationship with Father, Son and Spirit. We bring our “garbage” to Him and throw it at the foot of the Cross. This process acknowledges the things we want to get rid of: bad habits, hurts, trauma, old thought patterns, etc. When we confess these things to God, He sees our heart to trade in the old for the new goodness God has for us. It is here that we receive forgiveness through Jesus’ blood, and we commit to living in a new way before the Lord. The price has been paid for our sin once and for all. We need only to receive it and treasure our salvation in Him.
I pray that in these 40 days all who read this would release something old in order to receive a greater portion of Him, a greater portion of His love and the freedom He gives.