You, LORD, rule forever; Your throne is from generation to generation … Restore us to You, LORD, so that we may be restored; renew our days as of old. Lamentations 5:19-22 NLT
After writing a book filled with heart-felt lamentations, Jeremiah closed with a prayer from a heart of humility. He recognized that his people were suffering because of their sin and disobedience. But it was not too late. They still could hope in God. He could restore them. But for this change, they needed to repent and confess their sins.
These principles are still true. The Bible reminds us that we reap whatever we sow (Galatians 6:7). This means we may experience the consequences of our actions. God is ready to forgive us. But to be restored, we need to confess our sins and repent. He may be angry for a season, but He is also ready to forgive (Psalm 30:5).
As Jeremiah realized, God continues to look at our hearts, to examine our lives, to see if we have recognized our mistakes and have repented.
Remember these biblical promises. No one is perfect. We have all sinned and made mistakes (Romans 3:23), but if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us (1 John 1:9). God is the perfect Judge, but He never stops being merciful. His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).
If you have sinned, turn to God. Be honest. Confess your sins to Him, confident that He is ready to forgive, cleanse, and set you free.