“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.”
Have you ever filled out paperwork and later felt guilty because you know you put something on it that wasn’t true, and then returned to ask if you could change it to what it should have been in the first place? When you did this, you amended your ways. You changed what was wrong to what it should have been in the first place.
God told Israel to “Amend your ways and your doing…” God wanted to bless Israel, but as long as they continued to do what they were doing, He could not bless them. His challenge to them was to amend their ways. His challenge was to change what they were doing to the correct way of living.
To amend means three things. First, it means to acknowledge to yourself that you are wrong. You will never become the person you are supposed to be for the LORD until you admit to yourself that your ways are not the right ways. You can lie to yourself that you are doing right, but the results often tell you differently. You never change what is wrong in your life until you first admit to yourself that your way is wrong.
Second, to amend means to admit to others that you are not right. Many people try to deal with things privately, but I have always found that private change rarely happens. The reason you need to admit to others your wrong is because you are humbling yourself to admit the wrong. Pride always hinders a person from changing what needs to be changed in one’s life. Pride is the thief of God’s blessings. My friend, you must swallow your pride and admit your wrong before real change begins to happen in your life.
Third, to amend means you need to make changes. You can acknowledge what you are doing is not working, and you can admit to others that you are wrong, but until you change your what you are doing, you will continue to go down the same path. To change what you are doing means you are admitting that the old ways don’t work. There are three things you need to amend if you are going to receive God’s blessings.
First, amend your trust. Verse 4 talks about Israel trusting in their old ways. You are going to have to trust God’s way of doing things if you are ever going to keep your life on track for the LORD. You will continue to make wrong decisions as long as you trust your way of doing things. Christian, trust the LORD because only His ways will produce the right actions and results in life.
Second, amend your habits. You are going to have to admit your old habits are what got you into trouble before you can adopt new ones. You will never change bad habits until you identify and forsake what leads to them. Bad habits are always a result of self-gratification. You will never change bad habits if you are not willing to be inconvenienced and uncomfortable until the habits are changed.
Third, amend your actions. Habits lead to actions, and actions lead to whether or not God blesses you. The only way to change bad habits is to start doing good actions. Always remember that good actions become good habits if you will just keep doing them long enough. Whatever you do, don’t quit doing good until it becomes a habit.