Aaron Summers

Rush Hour

In Cleansing, Decisions, holiness, Jesus, Sin, Trust on July 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

I lived in the Fort Worth area for a few years and had to endure rush hour from time to time.  Many of the jobs I held allowed me to drive during off times.  However, there were a few times I had to drive rush hour traffic.  I am not sure what “rush” they are talking about because we usually crawled through traffic.  I suppose it is the concept of everyone rushing the highway at once in an attempt to get home or to their destination faster.  I was always amazed there was no staggering of departures to relieve some of the stress.  Everyone is passionate to get home and become frustrated when that does not happen quick enough.

John has a ballgame.  His son is pitching for the first time.

Jill just went back to work after maternity leave and desperately wants to her baby.

Bill just returned from his honeymoon and would rather be at home than work.

Fred hates his job, but it pays the bills, and wants to be on the golf course before dark.

Jim is close to retirement and he is tired.  Being at home tinkering in the garage is much more fun right now.

All of these people have a passion to be at home and are rushing to get there.  There reasons are many but all will hurry to their destination.

Solomon comes to the end of his life and writes down a series of thoughts.  The book of Ecclesiastes is the culmination of these thoughts.  Having walked away from God the last half of his reign his life became depressing.  This depression was a result of guilt, shame, and sin.  Solomon ends this book with these words.

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

He recognizes that everything is seen by God and will be judged by God.  Some will be judged as good and some bad.  Solomon looks back and realizes that so much of what he rushed around for was useless and in vain.  Had he rushed to confession as quickly his life would have had more meaning and joy.

Since everything will be brought to judgment except for what God has forgiven, why would I not rush to confession?

Here are a few encouragements …

  1. Confession removes the grip of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. Repentance brings forgiveness whereby God erases the guilt.
  3. Confession and repentance bring internal issues of shame and guilt and external issues of stress and sickness to an end.
  4. Confession and repentance restores the full joy of your relationship with God.

Rush to confession today!

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