Immediate Response to Sin
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 5,6; John 12
Today’s Key Passage – John 12:1-6
Last night, while on a business trip, I placed a video call to my daughter to catch up with her. While it was a great way for us to talk “in person” even though I was thousands of miles away, we did encounter a few problems. Several times, I would ask her a question and would not get an immediate response. Each time, I would wrongly believe that she had not heard me, but each time I found that her response was simply delayed by a slow connection.
In today’s key passage, we read the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with perfume. In the story, we learn that Judas was stealing from the disciples’ money bag. This fact is interesting not because of Judas’ actions, but because of Jesus’ response. Obviously, Jesus knew that Judas was stealing money, but Jesus chose not to immediately respond to his sin. Most likely, Judas wrongly believed that since Jesus never corrected him, He must not have known about his theft.
We have learned in the past that sometimes God does not answer our prayers right away. Sometimes we have to wait for His perfect timing to bless us. The same is true with our sin. Sometimes God chooses not to immediately respond to our sins. Sometimes He does not do anything to stop us when we get off track. It is important, though, that we understand that even when we do not receive an immediate response, it does not mean that God is not fully aware of what we have done. All sin pulls us further away from God and all sin ultimately leads to death. (Romans 6:23) Do not wait for God’s reaction to your sin, wondering if there are going to be repercussions. When you find sin in your life, confess it to Him as soon as possible and restore your relationship with Him. While God’s response to our sin might not always be immediate, His forgiveness always is.
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