Owning Our Sins

Joel Plantinga

READ : Nehemiah 9:1-38

“. . . the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins; they have power also over our bodies and over our livestock . . . and we are in great distress.” (v. 37)

I recently watched an interview with a football player from a small school trying to make it in the NFL, the highest level of professional football. This player owned every record at his small college, and he was used to being the best in everything. Now he found himself as the little guy, struggling to keep up with the pace of the game. Playing with the big boys made him feel small!

When Israel walked away from God, they became filled with pride. Now that they had returned to him, they became painfully aware of God’s greatness and their sinfulness. Overcome with regret, they made a binding agreement to forsake the sins of the past and begin walking with God again. Confronted with the reality of their sin, they owned their mistakes and vowed not to repeat them.

Many of us tend to make excuses for our sin. We try to deflect responsibility for our situations on to other people. We blame circumstances beyond our control. But by taking responsibility for our sin, we honor God and set a good example for generations to come.


Heavenly Father, help us to own our sins, and forgive us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.