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Is It Time

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Is It Time

When we sin, we do not lose our position with the Lord, we are still saved, but we do lose our experience with Him, in today’s terminology, we lose our fellowship, our closeness.

If you want to read about the life of a man who experienced just what that meant in that moment read Psalm 51, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalm 51:17) I do not claim to know David’s thoughts from the moment that the messenger arrived with the news that Uriah was dead, to the moment that Nathan arrived at the throne room with the words, “You are the man,” (2 Sam. 12:7) but I do not believe those ten or twelve months were filled with any real excitement in the Lord or any punishment, they were more than likely just what could be called an average year, God does not speak to us when we are in sin, save only in ways that are meant to draw our attention to the need for our repentance of it.

David did not do so, as far as we know, only one other person knew what David had done, and I will not say whether or not Joab told anyone else about the letter he received that day. His feelings about it, his pondering thoughts of the reasons for it are of no concern, he did what he was commanded to do by his king, make sure Uriah dies today. When we willingly and blatantly allow ourselves to sin, we harm our relationship to the Lord, we are still loved, we are still part of the family of God, still heirs with Christ, but we are, until we repent, shunned from the fellowship of the Lord. Our concern at this time is not our earthly family, nor is it our spiritual connectiveness to our brothers and sisters in Christ, it is our need to return to the Lord, and that will not occur until we repent. No good works, no great deeds, nothing but admitting and turning from our sin will bring us back into a right relationship with God.

Many times we are like David though, we believe we have “got away with it,” we see the sin as a slight matter, not worthy of the effort of God, many times this can go on for years, life will move along well, but there is no real joy in it. This is the path I fear that many Christians are on, and many of them are unaware, or at least have buried deep within themselves the reason for their “normal” Christian life. I believe there are still many Nathans out there also, men of God, who when they have been assured of a transgression against the Lord by a brother or sister in Christ, are sent to reprove and correct that errant brother or sister, but few it is sad to say will heed the call to return in repentance to the Lord. These men are now seen as intruders, as contentious, busybodies who are sticking their noses into business that does not concern them.

I would ask you to ponder on a question here, but first a statement, followed by a verse. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. 22:12) “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” (Matt. 16:27) We have rewards waiting, then there is the statement, the question? If you live in unrepentant sin until your death, when you come to the Throne of Glory, will the rewards that would have been waiting for you now be gone, will you find that there was treasure in heaven that you could have claimed as your own, but because you would not repent of that sin, all those rewards, those treasures are gone?

You are still welcome as a child of the Most High, you will live for eternity with Christ, but all that once was yours is no longer in your possession because you would not seek the face of the Lord for forgiveness, when you knew full well of your sin. My friends, “I’m sorry” and then off to work with no more than that will not cut it, so to speak, a broken and contrite heart the Lord will nor despise. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” (Psalm 51:4) If you have experienced the joy of the Lord, and now you are not, you must be wise enough in the Lord to determine if He has placed you in a dry and thirsty land for your growth for a time, or if it is time to get on your knees and repent.

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