Read: Jonah 3 and Psalm 51
Today’s reading talks about the city of Nineveh repenting and putting on sack cloth and ashes. This is a sign of mourning and repentance. Whenever we see sackcloth and ashes in Scripture, we see a scene of sadness and humility.
If you went to an Ash Wednesday service yesterday, you remember receiving the ashes on your forehead with the words, “Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.” It is a striking reminder that we will all die, and that we had better have things right with God when the time comes. Since we don’t know when that is, the sooner we get things straightened out, the better.
We will be spending the next few weeks looking within ourselves. We will look to see where we have been over the past year, and where we stand in our walk with Christ. We will do some soul-searching. We will spend time changing the way we think about things (repentance) and working out what we need to do to become better disciples. It will not be easy. But being a disciple is not supposed to be. We aren’t here to be comfortable. We’re here to be effective.
Pray Psalm 51 as your prayer this morning.