Believer, Have You Strayed Away?
For the Christian, sin can be very debilitating if not dealt with, yet a major blessing when it is dealt with and forgiven. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.” Yes, the connection between the believer and the LORD is re-established, once again. (Not that He ever left His child, but instead the child left (strayed or wandered away) Him, the Father.)King David had strayed so far from the Lord (and tried to keep it a secret from Him) that he said “When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.”
Have you ever strayed so far from the Lord that you felt weak, dry and thrashed within? Yes, sin is debilitating and even as believers in Christ, we can succumb to foolishness. Sometimes we succumb knowingly sometimes unknowingly, but either way our Father in Heaven already knew because He is totally aware that we are not perfect.
After David was exposed to his sin, he, with a true heart not mere words, asked the Lord for forgiveness and so the Lord forgave him. David said “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.”
The amazing thing is that this applies to all believers in Christ; all who have a saving relationship with the Lord. Yes, if you have strayed, walked away, sinned or whatever against the Lord all that needs to be done is to ask Him for forgiveness from a true heart not mere words.
Something to be aware of though is that the Lord is not going to magically wipe out what has physically happened when you were astray. There may be consequences in regards to what you did.
For example, David sinned by taking the wife of one of his own warriors and having sex with her, getting her pregnant, then to cover up the mess he made, he killed her husband in his attempt to cover up his sin.
Indeed, the Lord forgave David after he from a true heart asked for forgiveness, but what he had done was done. David could not press the delete button and make everything go away. What he had done actually affected him for the rest of his life.
I encourage you, brother or sister in-Christ, to stay away from things that don’t relate to the Lord and to fully push forward in doing the will of our Father. This will keep you from messes and also glorify the Lord. Of course, we will not be sinless, but we can strive to sin less and less.
If you have strayed, call on the Lord today with a true heart and be forgiven; the Lord will take care of the rest. “But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
Read Psalm 32. As you read, call on the Lord to guide you and help you understand His ways.