“The people came to Moses and said, ‘We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people.” (Numbers21:7)
The people confessed their sins against the Lord and against Moses. Moses’ important prayer, resulted not in the removal of the snakes, but in a method of healing from their venom.
In times of trouble, God listens when His people confess their sins together. He wants to hear of their sincere repentance of those sins. A representative, worship leader may present before God the confession of all the people.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we hear that “confession is good for the soul.” Then we wonder why it took us so long to confess our sins! We do love You and on this day, the 1st day of Easter week, let us always remember the extent of what Jesus did for us and the depth of His love, to go the distance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God’s gifts come wrapped in persons.”
“David was conscience stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, ‘I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” (2nd Samuel24:10)
David had been the shining light for all to see, of one who was faithful to the Lord and placed all of His trust in the battles; thus, all of the Israelites battles whether they had a few man or a multitude of men to fight was always sufficient.
By David’s calling for a count of all able bodied men to fight for Israel, he was in effect saying, (I do not need to depend upon the Lord, We will fight our own battles. He came to realize what a blunder that was and he prayed to God for forgiveness for his lack of trust and faith in God. He confessed his sin to God and placed himself under God’s grace and mercy. He received forgiveness, but he still had to face the consequences of his actions. This applies to us all, beloved.
“’Let us examine our ways and test them,’ and let us return to the Lord.’ Let us lift p our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: ‘We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven. (Lamentations3:40–42)”
God’s purpose had been to bring Judah to repentance. Although the writer despaired, he knew that the Lord’s compassions were faithfully fresh every morning.
In suffering and trouble we may think God has dealt cruelty with us. We are called to examine our ways daily, to recognize where we have failed God and repent..
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us. Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and treachery against the Lord, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. So Justice is driven back, with righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is now here to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey, ‘The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.’” (Isaiah59:12-15)
The prophet led the people in confessing their sins. Confession involved admitting guilt, listing specific sins, acknowledging that sin is against God and seeking forgiveness from Him.
God responded to Israel’s confession with determination to act. Our relationship with God is a matter of human trust in God’s unfailing love. Guilt harbored in the heart rather than confessed openly to God is deadly. Guilt entrusted to God is dead, freeing the sinner to enjoy God’s love. To fail to confess sin is to be stubborn. Confession fills the heart with a new song.