Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins this evening and runs through tomorrow evening.
It is the holiest day on the calendar. It is a time of prayer and fasting, searching our hearts and confessing before God what is wrong in our lives, what shortcomings we have, and repenting of them.
Asking His forgiveness and relaying to Him the gratefulness we have from the bottom of our hearts for the grace and restoration we have access to in Jesus Christ our Saviour.
As believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we know that we can (and should) come to Him everyday seeking His forgiveness for our sins (breaking of God’s laws).
1 John 1:7, But if we walk (a continual, daily moving forward) in the light, as he is in the light, (in the truth, in His Word through prayer and meditation on it. A really good list of what it means to walk in the light is found in Gal. 5:22 & 23) we have fellowship one with another, (we are far less likely to be offended and we can have forgiveness and understanding toward our brothers and sisters) and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth (not will cleanse, not did cleanse, but cleanseth. That is present tense, continually as we walk. Hallelujah!) us from all (do you know what the Greek word here for all means…ALL) sin.
As a side note – that last comment is a little joke on my part about the Greek. You do not need the Greek. You have everything you need by inspiration of the Holy Ghost in the King James Bible.
Yes we can come to the Lord at any time, on any and every day. However, God knows how we are, He created us this way. He knows we do better if we have something to give us focus. We can celebrate the birth of our Saviour any time we want, but we have one certain day set aside where we go all out.
With the same fervor, let us use Yom Kippur as a catalyst, a focal point, to really go all out, fasting and praying before the Throne of Grace. Use it as a place to really get clean before God, making a fresh, new start in your walk with Him.
Lamentations 3:21-26, This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
p.s. Pay attention to what Iran’s President says tomorrow to the U.N….and it just happens to be on Yom Kippur.