Past Sins Can Tempt You to Weep, Instead of Rejoice

Past sins, as used here, is a reference to either bad things you have done or good things you have failed to do. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Rejoice Instead of Weep," based on Ezra 3:10-13, is that "We should rejoice more than we weep."

In this devotional, let's focus on how past sins can tempt you to weep. The reason the people of God has to rebuild the Temple, in our text, is because they sinned so much and so long that God sent enemies to tear down the Temple and place them in captivity (see II Kgs. 24:1-4). Their sins were the cause of the current situation being so disappointing.

You may be tempted to weep about how mean and violent your community is. And then you are tempted to weep even louder, when you think about how weak your witness and silent your evangelistic efforts have been.

If Jesus gets a hold on the meanest and most violent person, Jesus can turn his life around. Think about how He transformed the demon possessed man in Mark 5:1-15. However, the faith to accept Christ as Savior and Lord comes by hearing the word (see Rom. 10:17). Hearing calls for our sharing the word.

When we think about the connection between our lack of inviting and bringing our loved ones to our Jesus who can change and transform the worst of us, we are tempted to weep out loud.

When we consider the drugs, blight, and lack of love that plagues our communities and the relationship that such has to our being salt in salt shakers and lights under bushels (see Mt. 5:13-16), we are tempted to weep out loud.

Self Examination
1. List some disappointments in your life that you can see are tied to some of your past failures.

2. What are you going to do to lessen the amount of sin in your life?

God, the One who has kept me, in spite of my many past sins, it is to You that I humbly pray. Thank You for how You have never abandoned me, even when I abandoned Your will for my life.

I confess that I have walked and some times ran from Your marvelous plans for me on too many occasions. Please forgive me and help me to live as You are calling me to live. In Jesus' name, amen.

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