Times of Refreshing

In Acts 3:19, Peter says to his Jewish listeners, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” It is a verse that fits very well in the Lenten theme because it speaks of repentance, a clean slate and catching our breath. “Times of refreshing,” can be translated, “a season to catch our breath.”
 
Many of the authors I have read speak of a sabbath time for New Testament believers. A block of time set aside about once a week to still and quiet your body to allow your soul to catch up, or just to quiet your soul. But the focus is on your soul and your walk with God.
 
This would be a time to ask yourself a few questions, such as, “What have I done this past week out of love for God?”  “Where am I devoting most of my energy?”  “How am I doing in each of my relationships?” The answers to these questions might lead us to where we have to ask the Lord to forgive us for our independent lifestyle and to ask for a fresh start.
 
The ‘time of refreshing’ that follows gives us the chance to reorder our priorities and get back in step with the Spirit.  “Holy Father, I so need to catch my breath and find my rest in You. Please reveal to me where I am consistently going wrong in my use of time and energy so I will not be so out of breath the next time I ask myself these questions. In Jesus’ name.” 
 
Pastor Doug