When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions. Psalm 65:3
In the fast pace of life, many people get overwhelmed with what is going on or what they have to do. They try to do a million things and fall short in many because they cannot get it all done.
Most of this occurs because people are trying to do their own thing, rather than living for God and doing what He wants done. Living for self causes one to sin and promote sin.
As one is living in sin, there will always be a loss, a lack of life and direction. Something will always be missing. So the person will always strive for more and get more overwhelmed with what he has to do. Often they will seek new ways to do sinful acts.
For the believer, seeing this type of living can be overwhelming. He can also get caught up in this type of living and be overwhelmed.
David knew that there were times he and the Israelites were overwhelmed with sin. This was personal sins that they chose to start doing and allowed to capture them. However, God was merciful and full of grace and forgave them.
When a believer takes his eyes off of God and looks only at the world, one of two things will happen. He will be overwhelmed with the sin going on around him, or he will begin to sin and be overwhelmed with the sin in his own life.
Seeing all the sin can be discouraging to the believer and wonder if God still loves him or not. Yet, God does love each and every person. He is right there waiting to forgive and restore the believer being overcome by his sin. He has forgiven in the past and He will forgive again today and in the future.
You may be struggling with some sin in your life. It may be looking like it is larger than you can deal with. You are right. You can’t deal with it on your own. You must seek the forgiveness of God in your life.
Instead of just being overwhelmed and quitting, allow God to forgive you and build you back up correctly.
If you are looking at the sin all around you and are getting overwhelmed and fearful, again look to God for strength. God is there ready to forgive. Be His witness to the world, rather than be overwhelmed and taken down.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness God offers; that you will seek God’s forgiveness; that God will give you strength to turn from sin; and that God will give you peace when seeing sin all around you.
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
God is talking to Israel about how they have treated Him over the years. He had worked with them, yet they had disregarded Him and chose to sin. In the end God had chosen to blot out their sins and remember them no more. This was completely fulfilled in the work of Jesus on the cross.
Every person on this earth has made the choice to sin against God as they began to grow up. At some point in their lives many people have chosen to accept Jesus into their life and be forgiven of those sins. However, because of their being human, all will make the mistake of sinning against God at times, despite their following Jesus.
Most believers are willing to go before Jesus to ask for forgiveness. During the Sunday morning service he feels the Holy Spirit point out some sin in his life, and so he goes to the altar asking for forgiveness. God, in His great love and mercy, forgives immediately and forgets that sin.
Many, however, remember that sin. Suddenly they feel that they cannot be loved by God anymore because of that sin. This happens more often when the sin has been done more than once. People condemn themselves for past sins and do not allow themselves to forgive themselves.
God is always right there waiting to blot out sins. It is one of His greatest desires to do. It pleased Him to send Jesus to the cross, because that meant He could forgive everyone of their sins.
When the times arrive where you may start to remember a past sin, and wonder if you were forgiven, stop and know that God has forgiven you. Do not be like many and seek forgiveness a hundred times for the same sin. Once repented of that sin is gone. God no longer remembers it.
You can walk in joy and peace knowing that you are clean before God, once you have repented of a sin. You are not above God. If God can forget your sin, you must also forget it. Let it go in the past once repented of. Live the life God is giving you.
I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; that you will know God’s great love and mercy for you; that God will help you to forget the past sins in your life; and that you will live the life God has for you.