The Spiritual Discipline of repentance is one of the most freeing practices in life.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Ezra 9:6 - I prayed, "O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens.
Read - Ezra 9-10
Just as the book of Esther storied the near genocide of the people. Ezra 9 tells of the people intermarrying and blending their spirituality with the many polytheistic cultures around them. This could have also snuffed out the nation. First, Ezra (their leader) repented, and then the nation repented. Next, they made a Covenant with God to end their poor decisions. This should be a pattern for us. May repentance turn us from sin and turn us toward a covenantal promise with God to follow His ways.
Lord, may Your Spirit convict me of any sin in my life so I may repent.
https://www.gotquestions.org/abandon-foreign-wives-children.html - Here is a good clarifying explanation of the divorce we read of in today’s text.
Often, when we are bound in the ‘Marring of Sin’ or when we have backslid and are ‘Misled by the Enemy’ things are a bit too messy to just get fixed by a wave of the hand or a quick ‘i’m sorry’ prayer. Like Israel and their intermarriage in today’s text, true repentance may lead us into a long season of turning where we experience the consequences of our ways before we experience the new mercy and sweet grace of God. So be it. The quicker we turn to God’s way, the shorter the turn will be. Let’s get crackin’.