I Am Ashamed and Blush

Today’s Passage – Ezra 8 – 10; Proverbs 29

(Second Milers also read 1 Corinthians 1 – 4; Memorize – Proverbs 13:3)

“And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” – (Ezra 9:6)

Just a quick thought from Ezra 9 this morning. Ezra finds out that God’s priests had quickly polluted themselves by not separating from the people of the land. Remember, they had just been granted a fresh start in the land of Israel by God, but now they had sliiden back to their old ways. Upon hearing this news Ezra is distraught, and is ashamed to even face God to talk to Him about it. He says in verse 6 that he was ashamed and blush to lift up his face to God.

My thought this morning is this: Have we lost our “blush” in America today. There is so much wickedness all around us that we have just gotten used to it. It does not bother us anymore. As a nation, we have lost our innocence. We have lost the ability to be ashamed and blush because of the sinfulness of our nation. God has not changed His mind about sin, and neither should we. It ought to cause us great shame, when we are exoposed to the wickedness around us; but instead we joke about it. God does not think it is funny.


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