We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled, and turned away from Your commands and ordinances. We have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, leaders, fathers, and all the people of the land. –Daniel 9:5-6 (HCSB)
It seems the blame game is everywhere in our society. Recently we have seen politicians blaming the condition of our country on the previous administration or on the opposing political party. Truth is sometimes humanity has an issue taking personal responsibility. Scripture is clear “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (HCSB). Daniel recognized this and confessed the sin of Israel. He admitted the past failures of his people and by doing this he acknowledged the authority and power of God. Having a right relationship with God begins with confession.It is how we become His children and the process of healing begins.
In Daniel's confession, he is not just admitting the “sin” – but he is pressing the issue of the brokenness of the people, that they had “done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled, and turned away” from God's commands and ordinances. The Psalmist wrote “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way,” Psalm 139:23-24 (HCSB). As we talked about two days ago, if we approach the Lord our God with the right attitude, we will see ourselves the way He sees us. One cannot help but recognize our sin in the presence of His holiness. Daniel does not stop with confession but looks deep into the sin of Israel and finds the root cause. The people had abandoned the Word of God and being His servants. Knowing God is the greatest privilege for humanity; knowing Him means our lives have been affected by being in His presence.
· Do you have sin in your life that needs to be confessed to the Lord?
· Are you actively seeking the cause for the sin your life?
· Are you prepared to accept what God wants from you and take the necessary action to honor Him?
Real confession is not a blanket prayer. It is important to ask the Lord to search your heart and find any offensive way that you may or may not be aware of. Once you know about those things, be prepared to take responsibility for them and admit them personally to the Lord. The best part is, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (HCSB)
In Jesus name,