14 But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will [i]praise You yet more and more.
15 My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness
And of Your salvation all day long;
For I do not know the sum of them.
16 I will come with the mighty deeds of the Lord God;
I will make mention of Your righteousness, Yours alone.
Too many times, God wants to deal with us on an issue, and we keep pointing the finger at someone else instead. There is a wonderful story in the gospel of John where Peter is on the beach with Jesus after the Resurrection.
18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” 19 Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He *said to him, “Follow Me!”
20 Peter, turning around, *saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him *said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” (John 21:18-22)
Why do we always say, “But Lord, what about this man?” It is not our place to point out the faults of another human being to God. God will lovingly deal with them in His own time and way. He loves us too deeply, to leave us in the muck and mire of our sins and faults. When God comes to me and puts the finger on an issue, I must simply say, “Yes, Lord, show me how to change this.”
Someone once told me that repentance was “agreeing with God about my sin.” So the next time God wants to show you something in your life that need work, don’t say to Him, “But Lord, what about this man?”. Instead, agree with Him about your stuff. God only reveals things so we can be set free from them and walk closer to Him. Just a thought.