Zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me (Psalm 69:9).
Scripture: Psalm 69:5-18
Song: “Revive Us Again”
He was raised in church and attended Bible college, but
Darrin’s life had spun out of control. He’d been shoplifting pills to feed a painkiller addiction. Then, seemingly overnight, the desire for drugs vanished, replaced by a burning desire for God. Soon Darrin was preparing for a mission trip. He spoke earnestly in his church about the need for total commitment to Christ.
Naturally, he was met by some skepticism. Was such a quick turnaround possible? And, even if this was genuine renewal, wouldn’t it be wise for Darrin to spend plenty of time within his congregation building credibility once again?
As I tried to encourage him, I was reminded that Jesus
encountered His strongest opposition from the religious authorities and leaders of His day. Unfair—since Jesus came to them with a spotless history of righteous living.
Yes, God forgives our sins and converts us, sometimes quite suddenly. (Remember Saul, on the road to Damascus? See Acts 9:26.) Our faith can become rock solid in no time. But it will take time to build confidence once again within those who have observed the destructive effects of our past poor decisions.
Thank You, God, for eternal forgiveness by the cross. And help me and every Christian, seek to repair the temporal consequences of our sins. Through Christ, amen.
January 26–31. Dan Nicksich is senior minister of the Northland Church of Christ in Grant,
Michigan. He and his wife, Donna, are still adjusting to the empty nest.