When you promise yourself you won’t repeat (whatever wrong thing you struggle with) and then blow it – yet again – how many times will God forgive you and give you another chance? If you are sincere, it will seem unlimited. But is there any hope for you? Will you ever break free of that cycle of despair?
There is. God showed Moses how He would ultimately fix us. He showed Moses that He would bless the His Chosen People abundantly in the Promised Land, so long as they remained faithful to Him. He showed Moses how they would mess that up and be banished. This would happen again and again. But the cool thing is how God also showed Moses what He would do to fix that cycle of hope followed by failure. For them. And for you.
“The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.” ( Deuteronomy 30:6)
Circumcision is a perfect metaphor, if you think about the tough exterior that forms around our sinful hearts. The first time we deliberately sin it bothers us. The next time? Not so much. And God’s plan is to remove that callous and make us responsive to His ways. He will do it so we can live! How will He do it? God gave another glimpse to Ezekiel:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezkiel 36:26-27)
When God causes His Spirit to be born into a calloused heart, He lives there softening and removing that tough, unresponsive exterior. This “reborn” heart becomes responsive to God.
Jesus promised to give new life to anyone who trusts Him, through the birth of God’s Spirit in their hearts. Their sins are forgiven, their souls are cleansed and they receive God’s Spirit. Ultimately, the cycle of failure is broken. They are set free.
Mo and Zeke saw it coming.