When was the last time you sat down with God to deal with sin in your life?
That’s heavy question.
I can recall so many times being in one particular church needing to go to the altar to pray… often! Maybe it was because going to the altar to pray was a big part of the “tradition” of that church. Or, just perhaps, it was the result of having been in the presence of God. For me, that was a big part of what I did when I went to church… go to the altar in response to the message I had just heard. It was something about taking that step to kneel and pray to confess sin or to make a commitment to God in some way that was in response to His Word I had just heard in the message from the Pastor.
Oswald Chambers brought my thoughts back to several experiences as I read this morning. He speaks of Isaiah’s confession of sin when he enters into God’s presence. Isaiah’s confession was not a blanket confession, “God, please forgive me of my sins.” No, Isaiah’s confession was specific, “Woe is me, for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips…” Isaiah 6:5.
A person will easily say, “Oh yes, I know I am a sinner,” but when he comes into the presence of God he cannot get away with such a broad and indefinite statement. Our conviction is focused on our specific sin, and we realize, as Isaiah did, what we really are. This is always the sign that a person is in the presence of God. (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest July 3).
Go back to my original question, When was the last time you sat down with God to deal with sin in your life? If I understand Oswald Chambers correctly that just may be the last time either one of us was in the presence of God.