Little Sins Are A Bigger Deal Than You Think
You know, sometimes I think we make too little of our sin. But listen to how Daniel responds to the sin that's led to Israel's shame.
O Lord, according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem, your holy hill, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people have become a byword among all who are around us. — Daniel 9:16
We make little of sin all the time. We make little of it by ignoring it, dismissing it, or even justifying it. We make little of it in at home when we say, "That's just how kids act." We make little of it at work when we say, "Everyone else is doing it, why don't I." We make little of it when we say something offensive and then reply, "I'm just kidding." And I could keep going all day long about how little we make of sin.
But Daniel responds differently because he has finally connected sin and its shame to his present situation. When he looked into God's Word, he looked into the truth and saw what we all see. He saw that our sin is a big deal to God because it separates us from him. But it also separates us from his protection, righteousness, blessing, and heaps upon us shame. Thus Daniel makes a big deal of sin and, in this section of his prayer, he turns to repent.
Instead of making little of your sin, why not make it a big deal? Try this. Consider one small sin in your life. One you typically ignore, dismiss, or justify. Then play it out. Think about what it might become if you continue to give way to it in your life. Think about the effects it will have on you and others. And then remember sin is only one size to God — BIG! And seek God's forgiveness before his anger and wrath bring longlasting shame upon you.
ASK THIS: Is there a sin you've made little?
DO THIS: Make big of it, and don't ignore it.
PRAY THIS: God, I own it. It's big, and I accept the shame and call on your mercy. Remove your wrath from me.
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