Devotional – Rend Your Heart
Rend your hearts and not your garments. Joel 2:13 ESV
In the ancient world the intentional tearing apart of one’s clothing signified their soul was in great distress. Joshua tore his clothing after the defeat at Ai (Joshua 7:6), Jacob tore his clothing when he heard the report that his son Joseph had been killed by a wild beast (Genesis 37:34), and King Josiah tore his clothing in repentance when the rediscovered Book of the Law was read to him (2 Chronicles 34:19).
When God sent Joel to warn Israel of His imminent judgement, God told the people to rend their hearts but NOT their clothing. Why? Because God is not interested in a performance, rather He desires genuine, heart felt repentance.
Are you simply going through the motions? Do you simply dress up your outward appearance and give a performance to make yourself look like a fine Christian? This may fool your family and friends but it will never fool God. He is looking for sincerity, not a charade. He is looking for your heart!
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 ESV
Editorial note: Originally published November 2, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com