INTRODUCTIONOnce confronted by the presence of the Holy One, man’s personal viewpoint always becomes increasingly realistic. By all standards, Job was a good man, yet the presence of God caused him to abhor himself “and repent in dust and ashes.” Conviction always magnifies the greatness of God and reminds man of his own vile nature. Ezra’s conviction was described as heaviness (Ezra 9:5) which caused him to rend his garment. That conviction humbled Ezra to the point where he said, “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).
- (For children): Peter thought he knew more about fishing than the Lord. He soon became convicted (Luke 5:4-8). King Ahab’s judgment against his house was delayed because conviction brought humility (1 Kings 21:27-29). Even the best of men realize their sinful condition in the presence of a holy and just God (Isaiah 6:1-5; Daniel 10:5-8).
- (For everyone): How does conviction work to rid you of pride? How does it cause you to magnify the greatness of God and regret your own wickedness?
- When is the last time you truly felt the conviction of the Lord? What was your response to this conviction? Did it give you a more realistic viewpoint of yourself?
- Ask the Lord to help you see who you truly are.
- Thank God for loving you enough to deal with you.