Don't Live In The Conviction Gap
Yesterday I referenced that chapter nine is a long prayer by Daniel. It has two sections: a confession and a request. I want to spend one more day on the first section — the confession. It's a single verse, but it will make a point regarding the whole text. It reads:
As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. — Daniel 9:13
Daniel has revisited the text and the long history of Israel. He then discovers that from the time of Moses to the present, Israel and all its leaders and people have been unfaithful, which resulted in their current situation. And Daniel responds to this. He is one man responding to the disobedience that has been done. He's the prototype of a man who lives with conviction.
But this is what every man should all be doing — reading God's Word for a conviction, not just content. And as we are convicted, we should respond by living with conviction.
Yet many men I know live in the conviction gap. They live in the gap between the feeling of conviction and the action of conviction. So they let their feelings of conviction become their only penance. Thus they walk out of conversations convicted, out of churches convicted, out of relationships convicted, out of reading the bible conviction and end up doing nothing with it. Just consider how many followers read the exact words that Daniel read over hundreds of years but did nothing with it. But not Daniel. He is convicted by what he read in scripture and immediately responds to it. And thus, he closes the conviction gap.
And tomorrow, we will read the second half of his prayer and listen to how this man responds to his conviction.
But today is your day. Today is a day for you to close that gap. What has God been convicting you about? Ponder that. And then do me a favor, act before your feelings of conviction becomes your only penance because that kind of penance is not good enough.
ASK THIS: What is God convicting you about?
DO THIS: Write it below.
PRAY THIS: God, I confess I have lived in the conviction gap for too long. Forgive me. Today I am going to do this ___________
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