Ezra 9:6 “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens.”
Many people want to go straight to recovery when they are confronted with their sin. Notice that is not how Ezra goes about it. The reason he doesn’t is because he wants the recovery to be permanent. If we rush to recovery and don’t go through the humbling process it almost always produces a relapse. Ezra is showing us that we need to get our hearts right before God before we can start to work on recovering from that sin. He shows us three ways to work through our recovery:
- Confess Your Sin: (vs. 6)First we must confess our sin. Ezra literally confesses that the Israelites were in over their heads. That is what true confession is. It is admitting to God that we are not capable of fixing the mess we got ourselves into. In reality we only really confess when it gets so bad that there is nothing else to do. As we confess our sins to Christ it needs to be with the attitude that only He can cure our dilemma.
- Recognize Your Disobedience: (vs.10) Next we need to profess before Jesus that what we did was wrong. This is different than confessing because it gets into the actual act and us professing with our mouths that what we did was wrong and that it was against God’s commandments. It is easy to get caught up in feeling sorry that we got caught yet not admit what we did was wrong. We need to tell God that we disobeyed Him and ask for His forgiveness.
- Plead for Mercy: (vs. 15) Finally we need to plead for His mercy. Even though mercy is guaranteed after the cross we still need to ask for it. We need to make sure that we don’t take advantage of His grace. Plead for His mercy and He will flood us with it.