© 2011 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
When tornados, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and other disasters bunch up during a single year, many people begin to wonder about the hand of God in all of it. Add to that our recently focused remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001, and some begin to question whether God is unleashing His wrath against certain localities or against our whole country.
Current events engendered the same kind of suspicions in people during the days when Jesus walked the earth. Some Galileans had been massacred by the government. Jerusalem’s tower of Siloam had fallen and killed 18 people. Was this proof that all these victims were worse sinners than other people? Jesus answered, “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3,5).
Jesus would rather we read the Word of God than try to decipher the “signs of the times.” In the Bible we read exactly who God says He is, what He has done, what He is doing, and what He expects of us. When we recognize God’s goodness and become convicted of our own rebelliousness, we are motivated to repent. Repentance is a positive change of mind about sin and God’s place in our lives (Romans 2:4). Our patient God does not want anyone to perish, “but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Forgiveness of your sins and eternal life are conditioned upon your personal repentance (Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 17:30-31). True repentance will yield a change in your behavior (Acts 26:20). Have you repented of your sin?