I am in my office and I noticed that the cord to my mini-blinds has become terribly tangled. I have no idea how this happened. I don't play with the cord. All I do is pull it up in the mornings and pull it down in the evenings. I suppose it has been slowly tangling for some time, but I only took notice of it this morning because it was so horribly tangled. It's a real mystery.
But isn't our sin like this simple little cord? If we just acknowledge it on Sunday mornings and don't give much thought to it any other time, it is likely that it will slowly start to tangle up. We won't notice it for a while. We'll still pull on it on Sundays. But one day, like my mini-blind cord, you'll find that it has become horribly tangled. It may become so tangled that you just stop pulling on it all together. You stop going to church, because, really, what's the point? The words of the Pastor aren't going to do anything. Why not just let the shade of your heart down? Do you really need to see out? Do you really need the pesky light of Truth to shine in?
The reason my mini-blind cord has gotten all tangled is because, although I did not personally sit and tangle it up, I did nothing to prevent it from tangling. God has won for us and freely gives us eternal life, forgiveness of sins, and salvation. It is His work that urges us to "check the cord" so to speak. It is His Word that tells us our life is getting tangled up. And it is His Word that untangles it.
I will spend probably the next 5 minutes untangling that cord. I hope it can still be untangled. It's pretty bad. I may need to have someone who does not have "sausage fingers" do it for me.
Spend some time with God, in prayer, in His Word, He will untangle the knots of sin that have bound your heart. Turn to God and He will do it for you.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent,
my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,"
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you
at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!