Sin is ugly. It’s awful, messy, destructive, painful, and dark. And, we usually recognize that, in other people. Recognizing sin in ourselves is sometimes a little trickier.
When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes.2 Kings 22:11 ESV
While we all have sinned and will sin, the issue is not necessarily the sin, but the recognition of it and response to it. When Josiah’s eyes were opened to the sin of their nation, he did not waste a minute to repent and mourn the sin that was disrupting their relationship with God.
This is a common refrain throughout the Old Testament. While many generations got it wrong, there were also many that got it right. When the law or a prophet exposed sin, it broke those that were truly seeking God.
Not a quick, “Oh, God, please help me be better in this area.” Or, “Lord, I know that I haven’t been as good as I could be, but . . .”
We need to repent. Yes, Jesus already paid for it. No, our salvation isn’t lost because we sinned, again. But, we cannot gloss over the pain caused by sin, the gravity of ignoring God’s commands for righteous living.
Consecrate a fast;Joel 1:14 ESV
call a solemn assembly.
Gather the elders
and all the inhabitants of the land
to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out to the Lord.
It has been a while since I sat down with a pen and paper and asked God to show me areas in my life that needed to change. Temptation that I was slipping too close to. Habits that were blinding me to sin. It is as I let Him strip those sins away, that I find a fresh wind in my walk with Him.
16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16 ESV
I don’t approach Him with confidence because of anything that I have done, but standing firmly on His sacrifice, His grace, His justice.
Lord, open my eyes to any sin that is lying unrecognized in my heart. Help me see it, confess it as such, and turn from it. May Your mercy flood in fresh waves over me as I set out energized, and unburdened by any wrong thoughts, words, or actions. In Jesus Name, Amen.