In life we all have made mistakes. We have said things that hurt others. We have done things we shouldn’t have. We all fall short of God’s perfect standard. Wouldn’t it be nice to have our slate wiped clean and our guilt lifted from our shoulders – to have our past screw-ups put “out of sight?” That’s the beauty of the message of the Bible. We can have that!
Today’s scripture shows us that if we bring our past to Christ and admit our former failings honestly and wholeheartedly, he will expunge our record, so it is as if those things never occurred. And along with our sins goes our guilt. Jesus Christ is the only person with the power to give you that clear conscience and to remove that heavy weight of guilt you have been carrying around. Why? Because he already paid the penalty for our wrong doings, yours and mine alike. So why live life as if we are waiting for impending punishment? He already took our punishment. For crying out loud, he took on death … and WON! Surely he has the power to free us from our guilt and our past.
The Bible talks of Jesus’ power by reminding us that he set the stars and planets in place. It says he holds the wind in his fists. He can turn it loose or restrain it at his whim!
Do you need a modern-day example of God’s power and control over any and everything? Tim Tebow was a quarterback for a short time in the NFL. He was known in college for writing scripture verses on his eye black as a witness. One verse he liked to wear was John 3:16. Once he got to the NFL, he was forbidden from this practice. But our God is much bigger than the powers-that-be in the NFL. After one highly watched playoff game, upper management of the team for which Tebow played told him that he threw for 316 yards, averaging 31.6 yards per reception. The time of possession of his team was 31:06, and the ratings were 31.6 million people. Oh, and 90 million people Googled John 3:16 during the game. It’s as if Jesus said, “Fine, I got this. Let’s show the world who’s really in control.”
This Jesus, who created the universe with his fingers and controls the winds, and, yes, lords it over the NFL (pun intended), is the only being with the power to free you from your past and your guilt. So why are you holding on to it? Bring it to his feet, and drop it. He’s got this!
1Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude
5Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude
6Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude
8The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
10Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
11So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
Contrast the results of confessing your sins in verses 1, 2, and 5 (of what scripture reference?) with the consequences of holding on to your past and your guilt in verses 3 and 4.
What does life look like for those who trust God to lead them? (verses 8 and 10.)
Compare this to how the “senseless” person is described in verse 9.
Before praying, contemplate verse 6 of today’s scripture passage. If you want God to remove your guilt and forgive you for your prior wrongs, tell him all about your past. He already knows everything. You won’t surprise or shock him. Ask him to forgive you and take the reins of your life from here on out. Ask for his help daily to live life as he would have you live it. Thank him for allowing you to access his immeasurable power.