Elul is officially upon us. This is a busy time of year, but it’s an important time to get back to God.
Elul is the month before Tishri when we have the fall feasts: the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles. Those who love God have traditionally sought God extra hard during this month to make sure they are in the right place with Him before He comes back (on the Feast of Trumpets) and judges the earth (on the Day of Atonement). We all want to be declared righteous by Him on that Day and be invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Tabernacles).
But why do we have to repent before He comes back if Messiah makes atonement for us on the Day of Atonement? It’s not our righteousness or repentance that saves us, but God’s grace. What gives?
The answer is simple: we repent, pray, meditate on His word and seek Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength so that we can be near Him. He wants us to do good, and He enables us to do it. Our drawing near to Him is only by His grace, and His drawing near to us is only by His grace. Picture Him grabbing our shoulders and pulling us toward Him while He is moving toward us to embrace us. That’s what teshuva (repentance) is – the path to closeness with Him. If we choose not to do teshuva, it’s like He’s pulling us close and we jerk His hands off and pull away! Heaven forbid!
May we all run to Him, because He is drawing us and running toward us. May we all soon land in His embrace.