Past Sins Can Tempt You to Weep
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 devotional, "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 have to rebuild the Temple, in our text, is because they sinned so much and so long.
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.
Are you like the brother who knows that if he had applied himself to the books, as hard as he applied himself to the parties and skirts, he could have been further along?
Or are you like the sister who knows that if she had given herself to better judgment then not only would she not have all of these children but she would not have bruises, broken bones, and destroyed dreams as her lot in life?
You may be tempted to weep out loud because you hurt. And then you cry even louder when you think about how you drunk too much, smoked too much, ate too much, exercised too little, and went to the doctor too infrequently.
You may be tempted to weep about having so little wealth. And then you cry even louder when you think about money wasted on luxury cars, beautiful apartments, expensive cloths, and week after week of eating out in restaurants after restaurants.
You may be tempted to cry because your relationships are not what you want them to be. And then you cry even louder because you know that your poor judgment, poor behavior, and poor responses have flamed the fire of current disappointment.
1. List some disappointments in your life that you can see are tied to your contrariness to God's will.
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 pray. Thank You for how You have never left me, even when I willfully went away from Your will.
I confess that I have ignored You and Your marvelous plans for me on too many occasions. Please forgive me and help me to live right. In Jesus' name, amen.
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