5 And I said, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, Who keeps covenant, loving-kindness, and mercy for those who love Him and keep His commandments,
6 Let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to listen to the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You day and night for the Israelites, Your servants, confessing the sins of the Israelites which we have sinned against You. Yes, I and my father’s house have sinned.
7 We have acted very corruptly against You and have not kept the commandments, statutes, and ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
How many times have I missed the mark?
It's sobering to think about the times in my life when I committed sin, both willingly and ignorantly. Yet, I am not a solitary sinner. All of you, like me, have sinned. If we desire, the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to right and wrong, the way God sees it. When the "eyes of our heart" perceive missteps (sins), grace will empower us to turn away from that thing which drives a wedge between us and Jesus. You see, my friends, it's not about following rules and regulations; it's about following the Ruler and Regulator of the universe. He is the King and, we obey because we love Him.
June 28, 2015
Yet, in our unfaithfulness, God is faithful! He gives us a sign of His mercy in the night sky. As Jupiter and Venus converge, some believe this celestial event is similar to what occurred in order to form the Star of David, which pointed the way to Jesus. As you look into the western sky, remember Jesus and ask Him to empower you to see sin the way He does. This kind of heart loves God more than self, and it is a heart which is blessed with His loving-kindness and mercy.
This heavenly sign once again points the way to Jesus. Do you seek Him? Look to the west in tonight's sky. See the sign. Pray that your spiritual eyes are opened to see like Him. Bless you, my friends. May grace empower you!!!