October 31, Luke 18:13, God, Be Merciful to Me

Luke chapter 18 verse 13

13But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ 

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/100/luk.18.nasb>

Where do I stand with God?

In this parable, Jesus shows the contrast between the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee, the righteous religious man, told God what he did for Him and how much better he was than other people. He thought he did not need to move towards God, he was already there. The loathed and hated tax collector positioned himself to a place with God that shows his dependency on his God. He understood he needed to move, to approach God.

When I am praying about my sins to God where should I stand? God already knows about my struggles with sin in my life, why does he want me to acknowledge them to Him? It is all about our relationship with God. I cannot do for myself what God can do for me? I or anyone else cannot forgive my sins except for God. Only a loving God can make the impossible task of removing sin from my life possible. Why do I not ask? How should I step closer to God, repent and ask for forgiveness?

My relationship with God is built on trust. When I go to God asking for forgiveness do I think, “He cannot possibly forgive me, I have been so evil, I am not worthy of His love”? What does that say I know about God. God has promised forgiveness all we need to do is ask. The real question is do I trust God? God has already come to me, He sent His Son to die as the sacrifice for my sins. God wants me to come to Him. By trusting God I open my life and innermost thoughts to Him, I move towards him, vulnerable and trusting. The tax collector came and stood before God just as he was.

Where do I need to go?

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/100/2pe.3>

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