Read: Joel 1-3
Marked: Joel 2:12-13, Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.
No matter how far I might wander from the Lord, He calls me to repent and promises forgiveness and restoration.
A deep mourning was often shown by the rending and tearing of clothing. But here God says, “Rend your heart.”
It is possible to show repentance outwardly, a repentance that is on the surface, with no inward change of the heart.
But God calls us to turn to Him with all our heart. A sincere turning to God is a turning away from sin; not just being sorry for it.