Acts 27:13-44; 1 Samuel 3; Psalm 51
One of the “advancements” of our modern society is that we have eliminated sin. Actions that once caused shame and embarrassment before God and others no longer cause us such shame. In fact, calling attention to such actions is considered a greater “sin.” (Not that sin exists of course.) Furtive actions once taken in secret shame are now broadcast for all to see. Sin has died. We now live in an age of enlightened reason where the only “sin” is to feel sinful or to make someone else feel sinful. There’s only one problem with that: God. We were created to live in relationship with God. And while society seems to think that sin no longer exists, it still breaks God’s heart. David got it right after he committed adultery with Bathsheba. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17) He knew he had been wrong. He was caught up in the lust of the moment, then sought to cover over his sin. The relationship between David, a man after God’s own heart, and God had been shattered. David’s key to restore the relationship with God was not sweeping his sin under the rug; not proclaiming his pride in his adultery; but in coming to God with a broken spirit and a contrite heart. The cure to restoring our relationship with God remains the same today as it ever was. When we sin, and we will, we can come before Him with a broken and contrite heart. The penalty for our sin was suffered by Jesus on the cross. Praise God that He forgives all who come to Him in repentance! God restores our relationship with Him daily. He gives us the power to overcome sin,
Lord God, I recognize that You alone are perfect. I come to You now with my sinful thoughts, deeds and attitudes. I lay them before You and ask You to forgive me and restore my relationship with You. Truly I have sinned against You and need Your forgiveness and strength to restore our relationship.