Scripture: Ezra 9 – 10.
(What is God saying here?)
Ezra 9:6-7 (NLT)
6 I prayed, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens. 7 From the days of our ancestors until now, we have been steeped in sin. That is why we and our kings and our priests have been at the mercy of the pagan kings of the land. We have been killed, captured, robbed, and disgraced, just as we are today.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Ezra was so overwhelmed in his heart and in his mind about all the sin that he saw all around him, that he tore his clothes and pulled his hair and beard. He found it critical to get before God Almighty to seek His forgiveness for him and his people. As Christians today, we can look around us and see two things to consider: 1) Do nothing but join in the fun and worldly acceptance of all that is going on around us or 2) Be so burdened for those around us that we come before the Almighty God and pray like Ezra did, for forgiveness for ourselves and for those that we come into contact with and the rest of the world around us that just ignore God and His commands. We see the effects of sin every day, we are affected by the effects of sin so it is time that we rise and shine to not only give God the glory for His wonderful and thankful acts of mercy, but to thank Him for being so patient with us and giving us another day of opportunity to share His love with an unsaved person. In Ezra’s case he chose to do what he could to plead before the only One that could make a difference. I feel like it is time for myself and other believers to let our lights shine and to get before the King and plead for forgiveness for, and protection from the rampant sin that is so evident all around us.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, You are Holy and You are just. How this wicked world must stink to high heavens in Your nostrils. Oh how You must mourn to see how lax Your children, who are called by Your name, who have acknowledged You as King of their lives, have become. It seems like we have accepted, or are prepared to overlook the sin of this world. Please forgive me for not being bolder in my Christian walk, and not presenting these sins before You in constant prayer and from a concerned heart. Lord, may this be a day that I might humble myself before You, seek Your holy and loving face, turn away from my sin and allow You to truly have Your will and way in my life. I want to be like You in every way dear Father, and I have such a long way to go. Please fill me with Your love today and a true desire to see this world live as You taught us to.
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