Dogs, Past Sin, and Emptiness (Country Song Title in Progress)

My wife and I have 2 dogs. One tends to get in trouble more than the other because he’s younger and apparently is incapable of going to the bathroom if there’s moisture in the air or on the ground. When he does something wrong he hides under the bed. Every time. As if we’re not going to be able to track him down.  

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(Harley after some unauthorized digging)

Not surprisingly it’s just as natural for us two-legged creatures to do something similar in our Christian life. I was thinking this morning about how past sin can just weigh us down. And I think it’s worse when that sin has occurred after we have been saved. Questions come up like: Am I really saved? Did I lose my salvation? 

Whether it be from guilt or fear, we often try to hide from God by not approaching Him. Then we relapse into some legalism and try to do some “good things” before we approach the Lord again. We think maybe then He’ll take us back.  

Providentially this verse was part of my daily Bible reading plan today:

And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty. For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself – 1 Samuel 12:20-22 (ESV)

God, talking to His people (don’t miss that) through Samuel, says “You messed up. Press on and keep following me.” It is so natural to “turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver” instead of turning to the only one who can deliver us from our old selves. Even when it doesn’t feel right, even when it doesn’t feel natural, repent and run to Christ. It has pleased the Lord to make you a member of his family. So, we can boldly approach Him without fear knowing that His grace is more than sufficient to cleanse us of all of our sins.  

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