Sunday, October 20, 2019

repentance

Today’s Reading

Job 6-8; Acts 12

Key Verse(s)

4 . . . the arrows of the Almighty are within me . . . 

Job 6:4a (NKJV)

Highlight

Here Job is reflecting on all his troubles in response to Bildad’s suggestion that Job should repent. Of course we should repent the moment we recognize that we have sinned. That’s the key, being able to recognize that we have sinned, need to repent and then being willing to follow through. I just found it interesting the phrasing of this verse

Application 

I recall a Sunday School class when I was a teenager. We were going over Jesus’  “sermon on the Mount.” One verse has stuck with me every since:

25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.

Matthew 5:25 (NKJV)

The application then (as it is now), was to agree with the accuser (Satan) as to my sin, confess it to the Gracious Judge and Law Giver (God) to make it right and receive pardon before it’s too late. This has always made me sensitive to my actions and caused me to be easily convicted of sinful actions. For this I am grateful. I want to quickly feel when “the arrows of the Almighty are within me.”

Prayer

Father, I pray today that you would keep me sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Help me to not be calloused by sin. Let me be completely aware of “Your arrows” within me so that I would repent quickly and receive Your pardon.

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