Many Canadians are grumpy this morning. Yesterday morning at about 3 AM clocks across most of Canada were moved either manually or electronically ahead one full hour. Everyone lost an hour of sleep that night and on this back-to-work Monday morning many are still recovering.
I’ve had my share of groggy mornings… body moving around the house, but consciousness not yet quite caught up to it. One wonders, am I really that same person I’m expected to be later this day–that confident lecturer or a salesperson… or possibly that skillful conflict mediator between warring siblings or political groups… or maybe I’m a heart surgeon or a stock advisor, capable of inflicting physical or financial devastation on someone due to some sleep-deprived cognitive disconnect!
Whatever you face in your surreal imaginings the consequences of lost confidence can be most disconcerting.
This past Sunday (March 10) Pastor Andrew shared with us what is essential if we are to have confidence in approaching God. John spells it out in one simple sentence: “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” (1 John 3:21). If we want to know confidence in coming to God we’ve got to come clean regarding our sin.
The Holy Spirit resident within each believer runs a constant searchlight back and forth across one’s heart, not looking to point and condemn, but to identify and cleanse. A guilty heart is a divided heart: it is found in a person who is “double-minded.” James calls that person “unstable in all they do” (James 1:8). He says, there is only one cure, “purify your hearts” (James 4:8)
When a person “comes clean” with God it is like a refreshing morning shower. It clears away the fogginess. It quickens the mind, narrows the vision and targets the heart. You know again why you are here and what you are to do. Your wobbly self-confidence is not restored, in fact you have discarded it. Now you have a superior confidence, a firmer foundation. Your confidence is again in Christ for you have restored your union with Him.
It’s a good way to wake up every morning!
Have you come clean with God? If not, you’d better get at it… it’s later than you think.