Tuesday, November 4, 2014



 Possible Reasons for Troubles

There are people who think problems in a person’s life are always the result and indication of some sin they have committed.  They blame problems like poor health, misfortunes, and the like on unconfessed sins.  As a general rule, it is a good idea to start addressing our problems by examining our lives to make sure we are not overlooking any sins.   Although sin is not always the cause of our troubles, sometimes they are.  Through Hosea the prophet, God said to the Israelites, “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God.  Your sins have been your downfall” (Hos 14:1).   


Here is the solution to the times when our troubles are the result of sin, follow God’s recommendation of, “Take words with you and return to the Lord” (Hos 14:2a), and follow His prescribed script: “Say to Him, ‘Forgive our sins and receive us graciously that we may offer the fruits of our lips…for in you the fatherless find compassion’” (Hos 14:2b-3).   


The result of genuine, detailed confession is: forgiveness and restoration as God promised: “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.  I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily.  Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots ... and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon” (Hos 14:4-7).   

John reminds us, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn 1:8-9).  When we sin, let us do exactly as He prescribed; let us follow the script, and we will be restored.  He is so eager to bless us; let us be just as eager to be blessed.

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