We don’t like to think about sin being in our lives. We like to think that everything that we are doing is absolutely wonderful in God’s eyes, when the fact of the matter is that it simply isn’t, and can’t be. Isaiah points this out to us clearly in Isaiah 64:6 (MEV)
But we all are as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
I have the problem of anger, and I have a temper that can emerge if I find myself harried or “in the weeds”. Much of it is frustration that I am not performing to the level I feel I should be, so you can imagine that the older I get, the more frustrated I become.
What I can see is that much of this is ridiculous. He is in charge, and if I am flowing in Him, then I should be able to do all things, and by all things, I mean the things He actually wants me to do. Sometimes that can be difficult to discern. Okay, usually that can be a point of confusion.
A lack of faith can also be sin. As it was said in this past week’s message, What we fear the most is usually where we trust God the least. I have had that problem in regards to my children, who I love very deeply and miss them so much it breaks my heart almost on a daily basis. But God has made promises, and at the end of the day, they are in His hands anyway. All I can do is pray for them, talk to the Lord about them, and continue to trust Him for their best.
He must be first, however. And let’s clarify, to those who have the typical definition of sin- meaning the popular notion that things are “bad” and others are “good”. We create the silly notions in our heads that we get to create the litmus test on this based on culture or politics, or other nonsense. Sin is the thing that separates us from God, and idolatry are the things that we place ahead on the priority list of God.
In 2013, I was a rabbi of Kehillat Yam, but my children were solidly before God on my priority list. That was both sin and idolatry.
The only way to regain our right standing before God is to repent. You know what that is, and it is the only “name it and claim it” that works. To declare your sin, ask forgiveness for it, and turn away from it.