THE WIND AT YOUR BACK
Read Revelation 21: 1-7
Your sun shall no more go down, or
your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD
will be your everlasting light, and your
days of mourning shall be ended.
I once told someone about my struggles with a habitual
sin. I asked for advice and support. The response was,
“Well, if you’re a Christian, you shouldn’t have any trouble
controlling your demons.”
I wanted to scream: “That’s not helpful; nor is it true!” We
are Christians because we have accepted that we are sinful
and need God’s guidance. Later, I asked God to forgive me for
this habitual sin. But even though I knew that God had for-
given me, I continued to be overwhelmed by shame and guilt.
One Sunday, my pastor preached on God’s limitless grace:
“Sin will always be with us,” she said, “but we need to confess
our wrongdoings to the Lord and move on. Forget about it.
After all, doesn’t God forget about it?” Her words lifted my
spirits. She was absolutely right. But I still struggle to let go
of the past and focus on improving in the future.
A family member once told me, “God is the wind at your
back, not the rain in your face.” God doesn’t hold us back,
constantly reminding us
of our sin. God guides us
forward. We may be the
rain in our own faces. If
we continue to forgive ourselves and move beyond our
past sins, we can accept God’s new covenant and start fresh.
Prayer: Dear God, forgive us. Help us to accept your forgiveness and leave the burden of sin behind. Amen.
Nathaniel T. McMaster (Washington, DC)
Prayer Focus: TO FORGIVE MYSELF
— Isaiah 60: 20 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Because God forgives my
sins, I can forgive myself.