It is so easy to point out other people’s flaws and list the ways that they need to change. It is not not always so easy to look at myself honestly and admit that I need to change. I know my flaws, but I don’t want to think about them. I would like to ignore them. This morning I prayed to God to help me change. I honestly looked at myself and wondered how I could keep doing the same things over and over and never change. When I opened the bible this morning, I read Jeremiah 5. God says to search the streets of Jerusalem to find one person who is honest and seeks the truth, and he will forgive the whole city.
Not One Is Upright
“Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
look around and consider,
search through her squares.
If you can find but one person
who deals honestly and seeks the truth,
I will forgive this city.
–Jeremiah 5 (NIV)
God wants us to be honest, and honesty starts with myself. I need to face the truth about my own shortcomings. God has so much grace and patience with us. When we seek God, God will keep nudging us forward, until we clearly see ourselves. God takes away the shame and guilt and shows us what we are doing. I know that I need to change, and I want to change. I pray that God will carry me through the process of changing myself for the better. The first step to change, must be admitting that you need to change and clearly seeing what needs to change. The next step must be to ask God to forgive my sins. God is good and forgives us, because of the sacrifice Jesus made dying on the cross so our sins can be forgiven, when we ask God to forgive us. And then, we have to start the process to change. I am not entirely sure how to change. I do know that I must trust in God. I can only see closed doors and dead ends. God knows the way. I am going to put my trust in God to guide me through the process to change. God is going to help me find a way, when I don’t see a way.