Right With God
Let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you (Nehemiah 1:6).
Confession of sin makes things right with God. Right in the sense that there is nothing between the Creator and His creation. There is a free flow of fellowship, because no action is hidden from the Almighty, but is laid out before the loving light of the Lord. What the conscience can’t bear in guilt, Christ bore on the cross in payment for sin’s guilt. This sense of right and wrong is the Holy Spirit’s influence in the wise thing to do. Confession is good for it aligns the soul with God.
Moreover, it is our exalted and holy view of the Lord and leads us to confession and repentance. Yes, we worship the great and mighty God of heaven. He is high and lifted up in holiness and we are low and pressed down by unholiness. Through Jesus Christ He is the Savior of our soul. He created us by His Spirit and He convicts us of what’s unacceptable in His sight. So, the more we mature as a Jesus follower the more our sensitivity to sin increases. Confession is our friend.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin (Psalm 32:5).
A swift and sincere confession are what serves us and the Lord the best. It is immature and unhealthy to split hairs over the severity of our sin, instead humility quickly takes responsibility and repents from further action. For example, a leader of integrity will admit to their team when they break a trust by not doing what they say. The humble leader will ask forgiveness and promise to keep their word going forward. Relationships require regular doses of confession.
Furthermore, those in leadership confess their sin and the sin of their community to Christ. They start individually and expand institutionally. When the trust of the tribe and its chief are broken with God, then confession is expected by all. Our nation’s moral walls will be rebuilt by our humble confession and repentance to God. Like Nehemiah we have a great work to do and it begins with being right with God. Confession trusts God and it builds trust with God and people.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I confess my desperate need for You and I confess our need as a country to turn back to You.
Related Readings: Numbers 5:9; Ezra 10:1; Psalm 38:18; Proverbs 28:13; Mark 1:5; James 5:16
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