Sample Reading Daily Notes - 1 February 2009
Sunday 1 February 2009
Bible in a Year: Exodus 15,16; Psalms 15,16
Heavy burdens, heavy hearts
What things are burdening your mind as you approach God today? Remember the words of the hymn: ‘What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear.’
The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.’
Psalm 32:8 (NLT)
Have you ever done something wrong and tried to cover it up? Trying to keep it a secret eats away at you, worries you. Then you have to tell a lie to cover it up even more and the guilt increases. Eventually the strain of covering up your sin becomes too great and you have to confess it and deal with it. This is the experience of the psalmist. While he tries to hide his sin from God he is burdened – but when he acknowledges it and accepts God’s forgiveness he is able to be glad again.
Which of those two states best describes how you feel about your relationship with God at present? Are you burdened or rejoicing? Take time to make sure that you are right with God today.
Collect a medium-sized pebble and carry it around with you for a few days. Put it somewhere where you will feel its weight and it will be a burden to you. At the end of each day use it as a visual reminder of the need to confess your sin to God. At the end of a few days stop carrying it around, but place it where you will see it to remind you that God has taken your sin away.