EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
Nehemiah 9:1-3,38—On October 31 the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads . . . they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors. 3 They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God. . . . 38 The people responded, “In view of all this, we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our leaders and Levites and priests.” (HCSB)
On Oct 31, the Israelites took their spiritual Halloween masks off and were honest about who they were. Why do you think people don’t confess sins nowadays–quite like this story describes?
What are the benefits of being so publicly honest about the things we struggle with? What are the risks of doing it this way?
Lord, we are sinners and we know it. There are sins we struggle with in our personal lives and as a family and as a church and as a community. We ask for your forgiveness, but even more, we pray for your help to change so that we don’t have to confess them again tomorrow. Thank You, Father, for reminding me that my sins and my victories in life are always connected to others. Help me and help us all, Jesus. I pray this in Your name, Amen.