When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Isn’t acknowledging our sin the most important thing we need to get to? Getting to a point where we realize we need a savior? So many people today think they are “good enough.” But can we ever be good enough? Our sin separates us from God – a phrase we hear a lot – but it is absolutely true. And it’s a truth we need to keep reminding ourselves every day.
I was one of those people – a “worldly bloke” who thought as long as I tried to be good, all would work out.
Psalm 32 describes how it progressed for me. From claiming I was saved at 17, until I walked through the doors at LifePoint, I kept silent. My life was heavy as His hand was on me. But everything changed when His wisdom poured into me after that day in December. I came to realize I needed a savior!
Heavenly Father, are you calling me to be a louder voice? I hesitate to speak up in certain situations because I’m afraid or feel I need to be careful. God, give me Your revelation and discernment. Help me get there.
I still have issues with silence – I feel I could be more vocal about the gospel, but I know I am in a better place now that I truly know He has forgiven the guilt of my sin! I truly understand now what it means to obey FROM grace. It is a gratitude thing. I still struggle with gossip and judgment, but I don’t “work” for grace anymore. My anger issues are all but gone – even though there are still times I struggle to control it. I’ve always been a forgiving person, but forgiveness means even more now.
I also struggle with wanting to be heard and often not feeling like I am, but that’s my issue – God hears my groans. What I wonder though is should I be making my voice louder in those cases where I think people need to hear a differing view? I am thankful that I can trust God and listen to His voice as I discern when and how to use mine.
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