When in sin…

First step: seek the mercy of God

Ps 31 Turn to God

Job was blameless, yet he experienced the effects of Satan’s hand upon his life, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. On the other hand, David is experiencing the effects of his iniquity, and the results are much the same. Therefore, it behooves us to know the difference.

David begins with much bravado but then asks God for His mercy. In his plea, he says to God: I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. For my life nears its end in pain; my years draw to a close as I groan. My strength fails me because of my sin, and my bones become brittle. The effects are even seen here: people disdain me; my neighbors are appalled by my suffering— those who know me are horrified by my condition; those who see me in the street run away from me.

When we are experiencing the effects of sin, our plea should begin with seeking the mercy of God. Turn to God, seek His mercy, and let God heal the brokenness we are experiencing. 

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