Exodus 10:16-17 “16 Then Pharaoh hurriedly called for Moses and Aaron, and he said, ‘I have sinned against the Lord your God and against you. 17 Now therefore, please forgive my sin only this once, and make supplication to the Lord your God, that He would only remove this death from me.’”
PLEASE FORGIVE ME
Pharaoh wasn’t remorseful. He wasn’t sorry for what he had done. He just wanted the locust gone. He didn’t have any intention of truly repenting. Notice the words he uses. He said, “the Lord your God.” If you really repent, you cry out, “O Lord MY God.” He had not recognized Jehovah as the only true God.
How many times have you said to God, “God, if will just get me out of this bind I am in right now, I promise to…”? We’ve all done that. Is that repentance? Is that true confession? No! We just want the pain to stop. We just want relief. My former brother-in-law used to famously say, “If you want relief, take a Rolaids. If you want help, come to Jesus.” That’s so true.
Children are famous for false confessions. Isn’t that true? Your little Johnny hauls off and hits Susie. You hear the scream and come running. What do you make Johnny do? You make him say he’s sorry for hitting his little sister. Of course, most of the time he does that, but only to avoid a spanking or punishment himself. He’s not sorry. He just got caught.
What a great time to teach true repentance. Take the time to explain to both of them how God forgives those who truly are sorry for their sins. Unlike you, God knows their heart and their real motives. They can never fool God. So, there is no reason to try. True repentance leads to a clean heart and joyful spirit.
What do you need to repent of today? What in your life has come between you and an open relationship with the Lord? Unconfessed sin begins to build a barrier and before long you stop talking to Him. Confess it now. Let it out. Tell Him how sorry you are and beg Him to forgive you. Listen – as a believer, that sin is already under the blood. But you need to confess it and make things right with your God.