Are You Down?
Do you ever feel like you have sinned so badly or so often that you need to catch up to where you were in God’s eyes? Well you are in good company, but before slumping in despair, consider the first two kings of Israel, Saul and David. As far as sins go, David is known for adultery, murder, lying, and earning the wrath of God upon his kingdom for proud disobedience. Saul, however, is known mainly for his pride and temper. But how could it be that the “wicked” King David is “a man after God’s own heart” while Saul was denied a royal posterity because of his sin? Passages like Psalm 1, 18, 51 and the beginning of 119 demonstrate that David understood how to get right with God.
Simply Get Up!
I John 1:9 tells us “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That doesn’t mean we need to tell a man our faults. Rev. 1:6 and II Pet. 2:9 tell us that we are priests to God, and I Cor. 6:19-20 states we are His temple. We can go directly to Him ourselves and tell Him our sins and ask for forgiveness, no matter how wicked or how many.
This is a wonderful thing, but that still does not take away the dread of making up for lost time or the fact we sometimes repeat the same sin. Well consider these verses: Prov. 24:16; Ps. 37:23-24; and I Jn. 3:20. The Bible says the just, or righteous, man falls “seven times”. Of course, you could say seven hundred or seven thousand, but the principle still applies. The righteous man is going to fall, but what makes him righteous? If you are not currently righteous, what must you do to be so in God’s sight, and as much so as you were before you plunged into sin? Simple; get up. There’s no process or list of things to do. The moment you confess your sins to God and ask for His forgiveness, you are righteous, even if you still feel unrighteous.
With it being so simple to get up, why waste time? Let’s trust God to help us stay up.