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I repent in dust and ashes

Lent is a season for acknowledging with sorrow that our sins caused the Son of God to suffer and die.

Paul Janke

Job was terrified. He had come to realize the error of his ways. He had made accusations against God. In his grief and pain, he charged God with denying him justice (Job 27:2), with turning on him ruthlessly (30:21).

Following Job’s barrage of accusations, it was the Lord’s turn to speak: “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him?” (40:2). As God spoke to Job out of a storm, this much-afflicted believer was convicted: “Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. . . . Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes” (42:3-6).

The season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, is a reminder that we too must repent of our sins in dust and ashes.
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