For those of you who know me, I am a guy who sleeps pretty soundly. I ususally function really well when I get my 8 hours, as do most people, but three times this week God has woken me up.
I'm on a mountaintop right now in my life. Have you ever had those times where everything is great, you're excited about your purpose in life, and you can't wait to tackle a day. But God wakes me up this morning and I'm reading on of my favorite devotionals (Morning & Evening By Charles Haddon Spurgeon) and below is an excerpt from this mornings devotion:
True sorrow for sin is eminently practical. No man may say he hates sin, if he lives in it. Repentance makes us see the evil of sin, not merely as a theory, but experimentally—as a burnt child dreads fire. We shall be as much afraid of it, as a man who has lately been stopped and robbed is afraid of the thief upon the highway; and we shall shun it—shun it in everything—not in great things only, but in little things, as men shun little vipers as well as great snakes. True mourning for sin will make us very jealous over our tongue, lest it should say a wrong word; we shall be very watchful over our daily actions, lest in anything we offend, and each night we shall close the day with painful confessions of shortcoming, and each morning awaken with anxious prayers, that this day God would hold us up that we may not sin against Him. Sincere repentance is continual. Believers repent until their dying day. This dropping well is not intermittent. Every other sorrow yields to time, but this dear sorrow grows with our growth, and it is so sweet a bitter, that we thank God we are permitted to enjoy and to suffer it until we enter our eternal rest.
So I sit here befuddled, but massively thankful to God that he reminds me of my sin today. That he wisely counsels that every mountaintop has a valley of sin perched below it ready for me to fall into. Lord, I pray you protect me from sin today. Keep me from the valley. Help me to guard my tongue and bring honor and glory to you.
Speaking of sinful, did you see what happened last night? Also, for a good read, check out a few words on what's on the bookshelves at Barnes & Noble.
October 13, 2006