||40days|| week three: turn

As we continue the ||40days|| journey through Lent, this week we will focus on the theme: ‘turn’.

Last week, we looked at acknowledging things in our lives: sin, fears, brokenness, and longings. Radical honesty to acknowledge things in our lives is the first step of the journey, but it does not stop there.

The next step is to turn from those things that we acknowledge in some way. To turn means to see something, and willfully move in a different direction. In our ||40days|| journey, we are talking about turning from sin and other things so that we might turn back to God. As we read in the book of Lamentations:

Let us examine our ways and test them,
and let us return to the LORD. (Lamentations 3:40)

Here at the beginning of the week, ask God to speak to you and strengthen you to turn fully to Him in your everyday life.

The Mark of a False Prophet

The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.
Lamentations 2:14

As the author of Lamentations weeps over the desolation of Jerusalem and the people of God, as he says again and again that God’s people are without any comfort, as he asks God to look and see, he finally draws attention to the false prophets.

These false prophets had visions that were both untrue and, in the end, completely worthless. They were “false and misleading.”

But tucked into the words about these prophets are a clarifying indictment: “they did not expose your sin.” If there is one thing a true prophet does, it is to point out the wrong ways of people. A true prophet must not hesitate from this. Unfortunately, the lack of this true prophecy led the people of Israel on a sin-laden path to exile.

Where are our true prophets today? Those who unflinchingly expose our sin?