Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” 1 Kings 21:28-29
Ahab had committed and caused Israel to commit more sins than any other king before him. He disobeyed God’s laws, set up false idols, and had innocent people killed. God had chosen to destroy his household and remove him from being king. When it was made known to Ahab what God was going to do, he immediately humbled himself and went around in sackcloth. God saw his humility and chose not to bring on the disaster on his household while he was living.
People will make mistakes on and off throughout their life. Some of these mistakes will be made out of a lack of knowledge, while others will be made on purpose in full knowledge of the wrong being done. Sin is the true meaning of these “mistakes”.
The common thing to happen when a wrong action is revealed is to place the blame on someone else. People want to excuse their sin for some reason or other. They blame society, or their parents, or the school, or the economy, or the police, or a job, or a gang, or a sickness, or one of an endless count of other reasons to do what they did. Regardless of who or what was behind their choices, they still made the choice to sin.
There are times in your life that you have been guilty of doing something wrong. Blaming others will not erase your action. It is humbling yourself before God and admitting you yourself, alone had sinned. It is completely your fault.
When you admit to God that you had sinned, Jesus is standing there ready to forgive you. He will see your humility and remove the disaster that was to come upon you because of your sin. The ultimate disaster is destruction of your life and eternal separation from God.
God wants to forgive you, but you must be humble and admit you did wrong.
Are you humble today before God?
I pray today that you humble yourself before God; that you will allow God to control your life; that you will turn away from all sin; and that you will know the blessings of serving God with all of your life.