The people I have who call me a friend, could provide a long list of sins they have seen and see in me. When you are a friend, you are permitted into the inner circle of a person’s feelings, emotions, strengths and weaknesses. We become vulnerable and hopefully accountable to each other. I am ashamed of my personal sinfulness. It haunts me on a daily basis. Thoughts of things I have done that have been failures toward God, and have affected others are very close to my memory. As have been reading through the book of Job, I am taken by the interaction between Job and his “friends.” They seem to work hard at remembering everything that Job had ever done that they thought “might be” a sin, and then reminding him about it. I’m sure my friends could do the same.
But … in the midst of all this, Job made a statement that really struck my heart today. “Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God” (Job 16:19-20). Job recognized that his friends were leveling charges against him; but in the midst of that attack, he turned his hope toward Heaven. Think about it for a minute … who knows your sin better; your friends, or God? You know the answer is God. Let me ask a second question … Who can forgive your sin; your friends, or God? I am sure my friends could pour out scorn on me today (and I would not fight them … I know they are true), but I would rather depend on the God Who offered me forgiveness rather than my friends or my own feelings.
What a man of character Job was! In his horrible situation, he still kept his confidence in God! What about you? Are you being reminded of the sins of your past today and then sitting back and wallowing in your self-pity, or self-denial? Have you used your past sins to stop you from doing what God has placed in front of you to do today? Are you missing opportunities to serve God today because of the failures of the past? Go before your God and honestly and completely confess that known sin. Repent of it and don’t make plans or a way to return to it. Forsake and run the other way from that sin. We have a God Who is able and willing to forgive sins we honestly confess, and repent of today. Don’t carry around a sack of your past failures that hold you back from doing something for God today! You may feel it is spiritual to mourn for those things, but it is just counter-productive! Get on with serving your God! Time is short! Do something for God today!
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”– Unknown