“Many people’s problem is not their sins but the god they have created who can’t overcome their sins.” Phil Drysdale
Growing up I was hounded by my sins. Every time I messed up I would have an impending doom over my life. Whether it was a total accident or I directly disobeyed God and did something wrong, I was constantly scared that I would someone fall under some form of disaster or another. I’m not even sure if my theology was that God would punish me for my sin or simply that He would remove His protection over my life till I got right with Him. Either way I was wrong.
I’d often spend hours every night praying that God would show me each sin in my life so I could confess and repent of them so I wouldn’t still be in that “unsafe” place.
I had some really screwy theology. But the truth is that I still let some really weird thoughts into my day-to-day life. I still allow my sin to become a bigger problem than it is.
You see sin isn’t the problem, sin was dealt with at the cross by Christ and in Christ all sin has been done away with, completely forgiven and forever forgotten by the Father.
Our problem isn’t our sin. Our problem is that we have a “god” who is not powerful enough to overcome our sin. We have imagined this god in our image. A god who struggles with our sin, who can’t look upon sin, who can’t be near sin. But the truth is that God can do all those things and more, sin does not scare God. He’s all-powerful and sin does not tarnish who He is… He tarnishes what sin is!
Let’s be people who put sin in its place. I’m not trying to make light of sin, rather I’m trying to help us grasp how huge God is. He is infinitely bigger than all the sins in the world combined. Sin is not the problem in our lives, how small we’ve made God to be is.
Prayer for the day
Father, thank you that you are so huge, so much bigger than sin and that you have forever dealt with the matter of sin in Christ. Jesus your sacrifice to do away with sin was so much bigger than my disobedience and mistakes. Forgive me for the times I think my failings are bigger than your grace and mercy. Help me to focus on who you are and how great you are that sin would fall off my life and become as small an issue to me as it is to you!