Numbers 32:23 “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure your sin will find you out.”
You know, it’s true. Your sins do find you out. It might take years, but eventually they catch up to you. I decided to follow Jesus in 2007 and there are still some old sins that have consequences into the present. They come back in ways you never expected, but come they do. Especially when you decide you want to change. I’ve wondered why is it that it seems so many people sin all the time and never experience the consequences of it? Its because they havn’t tried to stop. The consequences are still there, just they don’t bite them in the butt as obviously. When you start to walk with God and live in the light, any amount of darkness shines in contrast to it, when before it was all darkness. And even if it seems like they never have any consequences for sin, they will still have to answer God on judgement day.
The decisions we make, good and bad have consequences. I have made some bad decisions and I am reaping what I sowed for them. But, that doesn’t mean God doesn’t forgive me for those sins. In fact, just this morning I read in Mark 2:5b “…Son, your sins are forgiven you.” People may hold things against you for past wrongs, but once you accept Jesus, God doesn’t. When He forgives He forgets. Even if we have a hard time doing so.
To those who would desire to slander me, let them speak. The Lord is my defense. He is my righteousness, outside of Him I am nothing. I know I am a sinner and have no right to ask for God to defend me. But He is the one that chose to die for me and if God sees me as righteous then who am I to worry about what others think?
When others desire to speak evil of you, commit it to the Lord. Appoint Him as your defense. If your in the wrong and need to applogize to someone then do it. But if you havn’t done anything wrong then you don’t have any need to defend yourself to people. When Absolom rebelled against his father King David, David simply went to the Lord and trusted Him for his deliverance. We can do the same.
I read this Psalm this morning and it has become my prayer:
“Lord, how long will You look on? Rescue me from their destructions, My precious [life] from the lions. I will give You thanks in the great assembly; I will praise You among many people. Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause. For they do not speak peace, But they devise deceitful matters Against [the] quiet ones in the land. They also opened their mouth wide against me, [And] said, “Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen [it].” [This] You have seen, O LORD; Do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me. Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, To my cause, my God and my Lord.Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness; And let them not rejoice over me. Let them not say in their hearts, “Ah, so we would have it!” Let them not say, “We have swallowed him up.” Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor Who exalt themselves against me. Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness [And] of Your praise all the day long.”
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