Turning requires action. Taking a step in a different direction. Changing positions. When driving we make turns to go in different directions all the time. When we get lost we turn around and go back to where we started. We watch for signs to keep us safe and on the right road. So turning our minds and hearts towards God is no different. Instead of going in the wrong direction we turn towards God who leads us in the right direction. He leads us in the path of righteousness. He is our keeper. If you were driving and saw a sign that said, “Danger or Wrong Way”, would you keep going? Would you stop and turn around? On July 5, 2015 I was driving at night and was attempting to get on the interstate but made a left turn on what I thought was the ramp to get on. Instead I was turning on the ramp where drivers were getting off. I was head in the wrong direction. I didn’t realize what I had did until it came to my mind that the signs were backwards. I hurried up and turned in a another lane back in the right direction. If I had not looked at the signs I would have continued driving into a curve that lead on the interstate in the wrong direction. I could have had a head on collision, but God. Thankfully he covered me and my son because as soon as I turned around that’s when the cars started exiting the interstate where I had entered. That night I could have been injured or lost my life but a turn in the right direction lead by God kept me alive. What direction are you headed? Ezekiel 33:11 says Turn from his way and live.
Repentance is powerful as shown in the days of Jonah. It is simply a change of the mind and heart, turning from sin to God’s forgiveness. Nineveh was headed for destruction when God spoke to Jonah. God told Jonah, “Arise go to Nineveh that great city and cry out against it for their wickedness has come up before me”. So Jonah went to Nineveh and cried out, “Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown”. The people of Nineveh had two choices, to believe his report or not. They chose to believe the Word of God. As a response the People of Nineveh proclaimed a fast and put on sackcloth, from greatest to the least. Then the word of the Lord came to the King of Nineveh. He also had two choices, to believe word of the Lord or not. He chose to believe. He responded by arising from his throne, covering himself with sackcloth and sitting in ashes. He then proclaimed a fast and prayer and told the people to cry mightily to God and for everyone to turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. The nation simply changed their minds and hearts by turning from sin to God. God then saw their works that they turned from their evil way and God Relentedfrom the disaster that he had said he would bring upon them and he did NOT do it. Jonah 1:2, 3:1-10. The power of prayer, fasting and turning from one’s way is life changing. This nation was able to change their situation simply by turning. This nation was initially headed in the wrong direction but when they made a heart decision to turn, God changed his mind. How powerful is that! If God would forgive and show mercy towards a nation what more would he do for us!