If only

A thought kept going through my mind this morning as I read the first four chapters of Proverbs. “If only I had…”

Solomon talks about paying attention to discipline. Trusting God. Not giving sin a foothold. Guarding my heart. 

If only.

I look back on my life and see the choices I made that led to sin. Had I listened to my parents, trusted God, if I had not ignored the warning signs I wouldn’t be wearing the scars from sins I have committed.

If only.

Now here is wisdom: I can’t repeat the past. There are no do-overs. But I have today. I have forgiveness through the blood of Jesus. And because I have asked for that forgiveness, my sins are washed away and God promises never to remember them ever again. When I confess my sin he is faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all of it. I’d be foolish to reject this precious gift.

So what will I do with today? Am I going to guard my heart today? Am I going to shut the door on temptation? Am I going to trust God and obey his Word? If I do he promises to show me which paths to take, paths that will bring joy and contentment. If I choose God he promises to walk with me!

I don’t know about you, but I have committed enough sin for one life time. And believe me when I say the momentary pleasure of any sin I’ve committed is not worth the years of regret that follow.

Lord, make me sensitive to your voice. Help me to resist temptation. Defeat Satan in my life today. Grant wisdom and may I choose you.

2 thoughts on “If only

  1. H.

    oh, the scars. God has been impressing upon my heart lately the seriousness of sin. Not only that it puts a rift in my relationship with Him until I confess it, but also that Jesus didn’t give His ALL so I could keep on sinning. My thinking used to be (and still is sometimes) “it’s ok. I can do this (sin) I’m already forgiven. God will cleanse me again.” BUT, If the sins of the entire world cost Jesus his life, we can be assured that our sin will cost us something,too. It may even cost our children.
    I love how you mentioned that God will show us the paths to take. It immediately reminded me of 2 verses. This first one is taped on my bathroom mirror: Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy. at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. and Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path. Ok, I’m done. I pray I remember all of this the next time I am tempted to just brush off my sin like it’s no big deal.

    1. cazehner Post author

      Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful response. Oh that we all would take sin seriously. “Jesus didn’t give His ALL so I could keep on sinning.” So true and such an important thing to remember. I pray with you that I don’t ever again brush off sin like it’s no big deal. May we all see sin through Jesus’ eyes and resist the temptation. Every minute. Every day. God bless you, dear one.


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