Aren’t you exhausted? Sun up to sun down, it’s a battle with sin – mine, yours, my neighbor’s, the world in which I live. Sleep use to seem like a waste of time, when I had so much to do. Finally I came to the conclusion that for seven hours a day, I’m not sinning and I don’t have to struggle with yours either. But regardless of that brief reprieve from the battle, I’m still tired. I’m exhausted…with sin.
I love watching the last 90 seconds of CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly. The first 18 and a half minutes (plus all the commercials) is always bad news – either the result of Adam’s sin or someone’s I never met. Murders, war, forest fires, political fights or a moral dilemma are the appetizers and the five courses to follow and then… dessert! A story of a hometown hero, a child who has accomplished a great feat or our first glimpse of a baby panda. It’s great, because I’m tired. I’m exhausted with sin!.
Our topic on Wednesday nights for six weeks is ‘Revival’. The exact word is not found in Scripture, but ‘revive’ and ‘revived’ are. In Isaiah 57:15 I read, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” There it is again. If I want revival in my own life, i.e. a renewed desire and care for my relationship with God, then I have to deal with sin. To humble ourselves before others and God is required, but God also speaks of a contrite spirit. To be ‘contrite’ is to be crushed over sin – not just sad we got caught or frustrated because of the pain it causes us. We need to be overwhelmed, crushed over the wickedness of our sin, if we are to experience a revival – a renewed and living relationship with God. We’re not thinking about salvation – that’s for another time. This is for the believer – to no longer be comfortable or complacent with our sin, but crushed!
I am so tired of sin and its effects. It robs us of our sweet relationship with God, our spouse, our friends, our church. Will it ever end?
Revelation 21, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth… And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away…. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
I know you’re tired, even exhausted, dear reader. We confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross…and then (wait for it…) one day…rest!
Think about it.