A Complete Turnabout
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
What are you waiting for?! That is a question to which I may never receive a satisfactory answer. Time and again at the close of countless altar calls-when the air itself is charged with the presence of a merciful, Holy God-there are still those who wait until the last possible moment to repent. If they only realized the eternal difference it would make in their lives, their steps would not be so hesitant.
Repentance, of all things in the world, makes the greatest change. It changes things in heaven and earth, for it changes the whole man from sin to grace, from vicious habits to holy customs, from unchaste bodies to angelic souls, from swine to philosophers, from drunkenness to sober counsels. God Himself, "with whom is no variance or shadow of change" is pleased, by descending to our weak understanding, to say that He changes also upon man's repentance. He alters His decrees, revokes His sentence, cancels the bills of accusation, throws the records of shame and sorrow from the court of heaven, and lifts up the sinner from the grave to life, from his prison to a throne, from hell and guilt of eternal torture to heaven, and to a title to never-ceasing pleasures.
Jeremy Taylor's presentation of the value of repentance concludes with this simple reminder: "If we be bound on earth, we shall be bound in heaven; if we be absolved here, we shall be loosed there; if we repent, God will repent and not send the evil upon us which we had deserved."
Numbers 3; Psalms 37
Songs of Solomon 1; Hebrews 1