Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments, either by doing what is forbidden or failing to do what is required. The good news is that, no matter how serious the sin, God is always seeking us out and is willing to forgive and forget our sins and give us a fresh start. As long as we live, it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and make a new start!
When we have sinned, we can ask God for forgiveness, as in the Lord’s Prayer: “and forgive us our sins, just as we forgive those who have sinned against us”. (, Matthew 6:12)
Like Elimelech especially when we are under pressure, we tend to rely on our own strength and go the wrong way. We do not understand that these trials we are going through are not meant to kill us but to help increase our faith and strengthen our relationship with God. We believe the lies of the devil and thus disobey God and eventually make choices that lead us into destruction. The only way to stop this self destruction is to make a decision to refuse to rebel against the Word of God.
Many a time we make decisions in the flesh that do not line up with God’s Word, yet we pray and expect God to bless us. We are dwelling in the wrong place, connected to the wrong people, yet expecting blessings from God. Elimelech did not trust God and made the wrong choice.
The prodigal son made a choice to move out of his father’s house and into a foreign country. Slowly but surely he reached a destination that was not at all what he planned or anticipated. This wrong choice led him to lack and poverty, it led him to chaos until he came to his senses. He then makes the right choice and decides to head back to his father’s home and apologize for his mistakes. After repenting and confessing his father lovingly accepts him home, putting aside all the wrong that he had done, and totally forgiving him.
With the help of the anointing of the Holy Spirit we pray that our hearts and mind are open to God’s Word and thus guiding us to make the right choices in life – choices that please God and help us reach the destination that God has planned for us, a destination that is beyond our imagination.